Port Valdez/Lowe River goat hunt ends

Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials closed by emergency order, effective Oct. 16, the registration permit hunt RG245 for mountain goats in game management unit 6D.

The hunt area includes that part of unit 6D west of Browns Creek, south of Lowe River and Port Valdez, and north of Jack Bay and the main channel of Jack River.

The last aerial survey of the area found a minimum of 176 goats in registration permit area RG245, for which the maximum allowable harvest is eight goat points.

As of Oct.15, the harvest report included three billies, each counting as one goat point, and two nannies, each counting as two goat points, for a total of seven goat points. Hunters remained the field and additional goats may have been taken and not yet reported.

The closure affects only registration permit hunt RG245 in unit 6D.  All other mountain goat hunting regulations in Unit 6 are unaffected by the emergency order.