To prevent overharvest, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has closed two Kenai Peninsula mountain goat hunts — one located outside of Seward, the other near Homer. Registration hunts RG346 and RG360 will close by emergency order on Friday at 11:59 p.m.
Fish and Game manages mountain goat populations by calculating “goat units.” Each billy is counted as one goat unit and each nanny represents two goat units. Aerial surveys are used to count mountain goats and set harvest quotas for individual hunt areas.
According to a press release from Fish and Game, as of Nov. 9, the reported harvest for RG346 was seven goat units — five billies and one nanny. The maximum allowable harvest for this hunt is eight goat units. Registration hunt RG346 is located outside of Seward between Resurrection Bay and Day Harbor in Game Management Unit 7.
The harvest quota for registration goat hunt RG360 was calculated at seven goat units. As of Nov. 9, hunters had reported harvesting six goat units — four billies and one nanny. Registration goat hunt RG360 is located east of Homer on the far side of Kachemak Bay in Game Management Unit 15.
— Staff report