What does the 2014 Funny River Fire mean for moose on the Kenai?

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game plans to capture 100 moose in the vicinity of the 200,000 acre Funny River Fire to monitor their response to the changes in vegetation and use of areas with different burn severities.  Past large fires in 1947 and 1969 have generally been thought to benefit moose by providing prime forage conditions during a couple decades after they burn.  Fifty moose will be fitted with GPS tracking collars to monitor movements and sensors to monitor body temperature will be used to see if recently burned areas result in “hotter” moose.  Read more about the planned research and the fire in ADF&G’s November newsletter.

Photo by Thomas McDonnough

Photo by Thomas McDonnough

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Fire Improves Bison Habitat for Farewell Herd

Capture-bisonIn 2010 almost 100,000 acres burned around Farewell Lakes–you may recall the “Turquoise Lake” fire.  If you’re interested to see what effect this is having on the Farewell bison herd, check the October 2014 issue of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game newsletter <HERE>.