A public hearing to discuss the 2015 Baranof Island Mountain Goat Management Plan was held on July 28 in Sitka, Alaska. The ability to teleconference was provided so residents of other affected communities could participate. Members of the public who attended were not opposed to conserving mountain goats on Baranof Island through closures guided by the management plan. The 2015 management plan is similar to the 2014 plan with distinct male and female guideline harvest levels by zones on Baranof Island. As in prior seasons, nanny harvest will be more restrictive than billy harvest when applied to the point total. If and when point totals are met, special actions will be issued to close additional watersheds or zones to prevent over harvest of mountain goats.
The remainder of Baranof Island will remain open for goat hunting unless closed by future special action.
A map and description of the closed areas are available from the Sitka Ranger District Office and the Sitka Area Office of ADF&G. Information on Federal subsistence management special actions for the Tongass National Forest can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/news/tongass/news-events. For additional information, call Subsistence Biologist Justin Koller at 907-747-4297or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.