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If you as a trapper or hunter are interested in participating, first contact Steve MacDonald (email or call 575-535-4291). Instructions and specimen needs are specific to which Game Management Unit (GMU) you’re collecting in:

   • GMU 1(A)(Ketchikan area), go here ...
   • GMU 2 (Prince of Wales Archipelago), go here ...
   • GMU 4 (ABC Island area), go here ...

For a general listing of specimen needs across the region ...

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 much will I be reimbursed for my specimen?
•  Whole carcass with skull (e.g., marten, ermine)—$5 each with accompanying data
•  Other whole (e.g., flying squirrel, muskrat, snowshoe hare)—$5.00 each with data
•  Head only (e.g., river otter, beaver, wolf, deer)— $6 each with data
•  Long bone only (e.g., right femur of black bear, wolf, deer)— $5 each with data

For More General Information, go here ...
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To address the issue of endemism in game species on the Tongass, efforts within the Archival Inter-agency Network would cover all Alaska Department of Fish & Game Region 1 Game Management Units and USFS Tongass Ranger Districts. Relatively  minimal coordination and effort of wildlife biologists and trapper/hunter cooperators would ensure maximum coverage. Deer check stations in the fall are an example of such efforts, whereby relatively little effort to preserve small tissue samples would provide significant new datasets (e.g., monitoring chronic wasting disease, ecological genetics, or dietary change through stable isotopes) for real-time monitoring of Sitka Black-tailed Deer populations. A number of other game and furbearers could be monitored as well.

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