Dall Sheep season is cancelled in Alaska this year.
An emergency order from the Alaskan Department of Fish and Game has shut down the hunting season for Dall sheep in two game management districts.
This order impacts both resident and non-resident hunters. Low populations of this animal led to the cancellation, as stated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
The population of Dall sheep in the areas of the De Long and the Schwatka Mountains has been in decline for the past several years, and this worries the state biologists.
What has caused the great reduction in population from this tough species? The severe winter of 2013-2014 that we all were impacted by negatively affected these mountain dwelling animals.
Ice froze out food and cover, and competing caribou may have well caused even more of a lack of food. Lamb production over the last couple years has been low, possibly due to predation or disease.
As with all animal species populations, fluctuations will occur but hopefully the population will rebound in the near future to allow harvest of this species.
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