Goat hunting over in GMU 6D

Registration permit hunt RG266 for mountain goats in game management unit 6D closed by emergency order at midnight Oct. 3 to prevent unsustainable harvest.

The hunt area includes mainland drainages south of Icy Bay, Tiger Glacier and Sargent Icefield, east of Cape Fairfield, and west of Port Bainbridge and Banbridge Passage.

The most recent aerial survey found a minimum count of 291 goats in the RG266 registration permit area, and the department set the maximum allowable harvest at 10 goat points, said Charlotte Westing, the Prince William Sound area wildlife biologist at Cordova. Additional take beyond the harvest objective could harm the long-term stability of that goat population, she said. As of Oct. 2 the reported harvest was seven billies and two nannies.