Goat hunt ends west of Scott Glacier

Alaska Mountain Goat
An Alaska mountain goat.

Registration permit hunt RG232 for mountain goats in Game Management Unit 6C closed by emergency order on Oct. 20.

The hunt area included the portion of Unit 6C west of Scott Glacier and the main channel of Scott River, north of the Copper River Highway.

According to Charlotte Westing, area wildlife biologist, the last aerial survey conducted found a minimum count of 317 goats in registration permit area RG232. The maximum allowable state harvest is 12 goat units.

The current reported harvest is 10 billies and one nanny. Each billy counts as one goat unit, each nanny counts as two goat units, and each unrecoverable goat counts as one and a half (1.5) goat units. Hunters currently remain in the field and it’s likely that additional goats have been taken and not yet reported. This closure is necessary to prevent unsustainable harvest.

The closure affects only registration permit hunt RG232 in Unit 6C. All other mountain goat hunting regulations in the remainder of Unit 6 are not affected by this emergency order.