Department mission

The Department of Wildlife Management (DWM) facilitates sustainable harvest and monitors populations of fish and wildlife species through scientific research, indigenous ecological knowledge, leadership, and advocacy from local to international levels. The Department diversifies funding opportunities through the submission of grant proposals focusing on subsistence species and issues of the highest interest to North Slope residents.

General information

The Department of Wildlife Management is responsible for helping to assure participation by Borough residents in the management of wildlife and fish, by working to maintain these resources at healthy population levels so that residents can continue to practice traditional methods of subsistence harvest of wildlife resources in perpetuity. Our studies help to provide the scientific documentation of the subsistence needs of North Slope Borough (NSB) residents. With industrial activity expanding into new areas, arctic warming trends already affecting the marine and land environments, and further regulation of subsistence hunting by State, Federal and special interest groups, it is very important that we continue to work toward the following goals (see DWM Goals and Objectives in the links section below).

If you have a Wildlife or an Environmental Observation to share with us, please submit your observation using our Wildlife Observation Form.



For any errors seen on the Department of Wildlife Management pages, please contact us at (907) 852-0350.

Banner photo credit: Billy Adams

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