Alaska goose populations: Past, present and future

Transactions of the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference
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Many people think Alaska remains a pristine wilderness and that wildlife populations are still at prehistoric levels. This very likely is not true for the 11 species and subspecies of geese that nest in Alaska. Large, widely dispersed populations of geese were observed near the turn of the century. Even in the early 1970s, it was estimated that Alaskan habitats were used by 915,000 nesting and 100,000 additional migrating geese each year (King and Lensink 1971). Since then the Alaskan populations of most of these species have declined, some to dramatically low levels (Raveling 1984), even though habitats within the state have remained largely unaltered by man.

The U.S. has treaties with Canada, Mexico, Japan and the Soviet Union to protect geese and other shared migratory birds, confirming international concern for the welfare of this resource. Cooperative research on Alaskan geese during the past several decades has given understanding of their migration corridors, staging and wintering habitats, and the principle places where they are hunted, thereby providing information needed to develop effective management plans. The only attempt to re-introduce geese in Alaska has been in the Aleutian Islands. Other opportunities exist.

It is our intent here to: (1) review the historic and current status and important habitats of geese that occur in Alaska; (2) identify existing and potential threats to these populations; and (3) offer alternative management approaches for geese in Alaska.

Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Alaska goose populations: Past, present and future
Series title Transactions of the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference
Volume 51
Year Published 1986
Language English
Publisher Wildlife Management Institute
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 16 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Transactions of the fifty-first North American wildlife and natural resources conference
First page 464
Last page 479
Conference Title Fifty-first North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference; Resource Management: First Line of National Defense
Conference Location Reno, NV
Conference Date March 21-26, 1986
Country United States
State Alaska
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