Mountain goat hunt closed

Registration permit hunt RG231 for mountain goats in game management unit 6C was closed on Wednesday, Nov. 13, by Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials to prevent unsustainable harvest.

The area includes that portion of Unit 6C east of Scott Glacier and the main channel of Scott River, north of the Copper River Highway, and west of Sheridan Glacier and the main channel of Glacier River.

Wildlife program technician Samantha Renner in ADF&G’s Cordova office said that the latest aerial survey showed a minimum count of 116 goats in registration permit area RG231. The maximum allowable harvest is six goat points. The reported harvest as of Nov. 12 was four billies and one unrecoverable goat for a total of five and a half goat points. Each billy counts as one goat point and an unrecoverable goat counts as one and a half goat points.

With hunters still in the field and the likelihood that additional goats were taken and not yet reported, the closure was necessary to prevent unsustainable harvest, state biologists said.

Other mountain goat hunting regulations in remainder of Unit 6 were unaffected by the emergency order.