Tag Archives: Phil Mooney

How a deer can cause a plane crash

IMG_5046Throughout this year’s hunting season, Sitka’s airport has been contending with an unusual issue: dead deer. Carcasses have been washing up on the runway since November, attracting birds. And this has posed a big problem to business as usual.

Biologist says be mindful of bears — even in winter

bearcan030811The 2015 bear season is not quite over. The Sitka Police Department has received several recent reports of bear sightings around town -- on the SeaMountain Golf Course and near Indian River Road.

Bear vs. chicken: How to protect your hen house

Crupi electrifiesTKE crowd 050815-02pm (1)A killer is on the loose in Sitka and he’s hairy, stinky, and walks on all fours. For the past two and a half weeks, a juvenile brown bear has been breaking into Sitka backyards and nursing an appetite for chickens.

Trooper shoots aggressive brown bear in Starrigavan campground

This picture of the bear was taken a few days before a trooper killed the animal as it charged. (ADF&G photo)Law enforcement officers killed a young brown bear in a Sitka campground over the weekend, after the animal had become aggressive.

When bear safety means no more orphaned, captive bears

Black bear cubs Smokey, Bandit, and Tuliaan were orphaned in Juneau and Seward in 2013. They make short work of a tent baited with grapes and graham crackers, during a demonstration for elementary students this spring. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka fifth-graders turned out to watch a trio of captive brown bears destroy a small tent that had been “baited” with fried chicken. The larger lesson: Let's avoid having captive brown bears in the future.

State game board to review deer seasons, limits for Sitka

A proposed delay in the start of "doe season" is meant to protect fawns -- but may not make sense biologically. (KCAW file photo)The State Board of Game meets this weekend (Jan 9-13) in Juneau to consider a number of proposed changes to Southeast hunting regulations -- including some rules important to Sitka hunters of deer, mountain goat, and bear.

Mooney: Habitat Study explains how deer are adjusting to second growth in Starrigavan

Phil Mooney with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game talks about the deer habitat study, begun this summer with variety of agencies.

Another deer found with wire snare near Sitka

ADF&G tech Holley Dennison loads the doe into a truck at the Hames Center, for a trip back to the woods to recover. (ADF&G photo/Phil Mooney)A second deer is on the mend, after being caught in a wire snare in downtown Sitka. State Fish & Game biologist Phil Mooney shot the doe with a tranquilizer dart Tuesday (9-16-14) near the Hames Center. Like a deer captured last Friday, this animal also had a smooth wire around its neck.

Ensnared doe recovering after wire loop removed

The doe suffered only minor injuries from the wire. The GPS collar will release on its own next summer. (ADF&G photo/Phil Mooney)A deer found with a wire around its neck near Sitka has was safely released by wildlife authorities late last week. But another deer may be suffering from the same -- possibly malicious -- predicament. Phil Mooney, a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, successfully darted and tranquilized the adult doe near the Indian River Road on Friday (9-12-14).

Bear killed after reaching into kitchen window

The young male brown bear shot by Wildlife Troopers on June 11, 2014 had been collared just a few weeks earlier. Here it recovers after being tranquilized and collared in Starrigavan Bay. (ADF&G photo/Phil Mooney)Wildlife troopers shot and killed a bear Tuesday afternoon, after it tried to reach through the window of a trailer home.