What mammals and locations are highest priority?
1. Beaver (Castor canadensis)
• Throughout region, but particularly Admiralty Island
2. Marten (Martes caurina/americana)
• Southern islands, particularly Dall, Suemez, Heceta, Zarembo, Etolin
3. Ermine (Mustela erminea)
• Throughout, but particularly southern outer island such as Dall, Baker, Lulu, Noyes, Duke, Warren
4. Northern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus)
• Throughout, as trapper by-catch
5. Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
• Throughout, but particularly Kuiu, Kupreanof, Mitkof, Revillagigedo, Admiralty, Sergief
6. River otter (Lontra canadensis)
• Throughout, but particularly southern outer islands, Duke
7. Wolf (Canis lupus)
8. Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)
9. Black bear (Ursus americanus)
• Throughout, but particularly southern outer islands, specifically Dall, Suemez, Heceta; Duke (if present)
10. Wolverine (Gulo gulo)
• Throughout but especially from islands
11. Sitka black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis)
12. Mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus)
13. Snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus)
14. Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum)
How do I become a participating trapper or hunter?
First contact Steve MacDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org here; 575-535-4291) or Joe Cook (email@example.com here; 505-277-1358)
What types of specimens are requested?
1. Whole carcass (with or without skin)
2. If whole carcass not possible, then skull with flesh attached
3. If whole carcass or skull not possible, then leg bone with muscle attached
How many specimens are needed?
• Depending on area of collection, can be up to 30 individuals of each species from each general locality (e.g., Thomas Bay, Bradfield Canal, Admiralty Island, Heceta Island, etc.)
• We are recruiting individual trappers and hunters to target particular species and/or localities so that these goals are met. Participants will be reimbursed for specimens they provide.
• Depending on species, locality and participant, these goals may not be achieved in one season and participation can be continued in subsequent years.
How should each individual specimen be preserved?
• Each individual specimen and its accompanying data tag is sealed in its own Ziploc bag and frozen as soon as possible. The specimen data tag, written in pencil or pen with permanent ink, must include 1) date of collection, 2) locality where collected (general down to as specific as possible, plus latitude and longitude coordinates if available), and 3) collector’s name and contact information.
What additional data are required?
• Preprinted data tags (30 provided) should be attached to all specimens with the following data written in pencil or permanent ink: 1) collector name, 2) locality where collected (island, bay or major drainage, down to as specific as possible: e.g., bay, creek, etc.) including latitude and longitude coordinates if available via GPS, 3) date of collection, and 4) species and sex (for parts as opposed to whole carcasses).
• Cumulative log sheets, one per general locality, of numbers and types of specimens of each species should be filled out in addition to individual specimen tags, to facilitate record keeping and reimbursement.
Where do I deposit my specimens?
• Your frozen specimens should be taken to your agency contact person or to the participating contact closest to you (contacts here).
How do I get reimbursed for my specimens?
• A receipt (PDF copy here) will be issued by your agency contact person, and a copy sent to the University of New Mexico for direct payment to the individual at the address provided.
As a participating trapper or hunter, what materials are provided?
• 30 preprinted heavy paper tags
• 8 cumulative specimen datasheets (PDF copy here)
• 15 one-gal. (for medium-sized carcasses or heads), 4 two-gal. (for larger heads or femurs), and 10 one-qt. (for smaller carcasses or heads) Ziploc bags, plus 5 small sandwich bags to wrap some tags, heads or small carcasses if particularly bloody.
• 1 Uni-ball permanent ink pen
• Copy of instructions