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    Any moose over there? How bout bears? I hear rumors just curious i know its all private land.

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    I'm curious as well since they tore the whole thing up for the wind generators.
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    thanks guys now you you got me looking into it....lol I did find this arcticle that does mention that some moose and bears showed up at the work site but thats it so far...

    http://www.adn.com/2012/07/18/254738...re-island.html

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    "When complete, the wind turbine hub height is 262 feet above the ground, almost as tall as the Atwood building. The project is expected to be completed and producing power this fall."

    Are the turbines running now...???
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    "When complete, the wind turbine hub height is 262 feet above the ground, almost as tall as the Atwood building. The project is expected to be completed and producing power this fall."

    Are the turbines running now...???
    They started generating power on September 24. http://www.adn.com/2012/09/25/263950...nes-begun.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitepalm View Post
    There are for sure moose there, at least there was last time I was there sometime around '91
    I keep looking but its been tough to find any info... I wonder how big the moose pop is..The only thing I found was that little blurb in that arcticle about the bears and moose.. I think some friends of friends have been working out there will have to ask them bout it..

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    Default the older moose

    Isn't it fun to imagine where exactly the moose pop regularly die, solely from old age?

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    There are moose, black bears, and even a few brown bears over on the island. Once you get over there the island is much bigger than you'd think. It's also pretty hilly and has some very dense timber. I'm not sure what the actual moose population is but have heard that some of the moose had been poached off in the past few years.

    The wind turbine project had very little impact on the landscape of the island and definitely didn't "tear the whole thing up". The island now has a twenty some foot wide gravel road running down the island, a cleared easement along the road with an overhead electrical line, and cleared areas where each tower stands. There were existing roads on the island before the project started. The road and powerline clearing will be a moose corridor all winter and the cleared areas beneath the turbines are already grass.

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    Those wind turbines will make great treestands!

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    There are both on the island. And yes they do make great stands if you can get passed the locked door. There is a maintenance crew that goes over regularly and have a new camp on the middle of the island.
    When erecting a guy up on top spotted a couple bulls that came out later on tower 3 pad we were working on. They walked by us and drank out of mud puddles in bow range. One tweener and one 3 brow. The 2 bear that were seen regularly together was one black and one really brown phase. Some thought it was a grizz. We will be adding 22 more towers next summer.
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    I heard more towers in 2014 but not a solid number on how many will actually go up. Ciri has permits for 22 more so its possible but not set in stone yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akriverrat View Post
    I heard more towers in 2014 but not a solid number on how many will actually go up. Ciri has permits for 22 more so its possible but not set in stone yet.
    Correct. They may add a few more towers in 2013, but as of now it is nowhere near 22.

    I have seen seval moose and a decent size brown bear on the island. I know ciri has given permits to a group of guys who would moose hunt there every year.
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    Twarrior have you ever had a chance to hunt out there. Seems
    like it would be a fun hunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear View Post
    Twarrior have you ever had a chance to hunt out there. Seems
    like it would be a fun hunt.
    I have not hunted it Bear, but I used to work for CIRI and know a bit about the island and the wind project. Lots of moose sign over there, pretty brusy country. I remember CIRI's old permit manager thougth the group that hunted it every year was more interested in drinking beer than hunting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlingitwarrior View Post
    I have not hunted it Bear, but I used to work for CIRI and know a bit about the island and the wind project. Lots of moose sign over there, pretty brusy country. I remember CIRI's old permit manager thougth the group that hunted it every year was more interested in drinking beer than hunting.
    Yeah i know a few groups that hunt like that.Now it's starting to sound like Kalgin island.. Lots of moose but very brushy.. Thanks for the info. That island sure has a lot of history. Got to reading about it when this thread started and found all kinds of info from over the years. Amazing what's so close yet so overlooked at times..

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    My dad used to go out there and service the V.O.R. sight back in the 70's when he worked for the F.A.A. They'd also hunt out there from time to time, but he never brought anything home. At 4.5 miles long and 2 miles wide at it's widest point, it's not exactly a huge island.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear View Post
    Yeah i know a few groups that hunt like that.Now it's starting to sound like Kalgin island.. Lots of moose but very brushy.. Thanks for the info. That island sure has a lot of history. Got to reading about it when this thread started and found all kinds of info from over the years. Amazing what's so close yet so overlooked at times..
    You're right about its history. It was an Early Warning site when I was with the USAF 10th Division (Defense) back in the very early fifties. Our Combat Operations Center was originally underground near a small lake on Ft. Rich. We later moved to a basement in one of othe 700-man concrete barracks on Elmendorf. Our call sign in those days was "Savoy One." I was on duty there one night when a flight of two F-94s were scrambled for a routine CAP (Combat Air Patrol) flight. The lead fighter, "Gaydog Yellow Leader" came up on frequency and stated he had a full electrical failure. He was barely wheels up when he entered the solid overcast. The CAA, later the FAA, came up and asked the pilot to "Come up on Charlie Channel." The radio frequency change was not made, and that airplane has never been found. One has to presume he went into the drink in Cook Inlet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlingitwarrior View Post
    I have not hunted it Bear, but I used to work for CIRI and know a bit about the island and the wind project. Lots of moose sign over there, pretty brusy country. I remember CIRI's old permit manager thougth the group that hunted it every year was more interested in drinking beer than hunting.
    So that's why I found old Budweiser cans that were opened with a can opener. Found more than one.
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    I've wondered how the island got the name Fire Island. Like many place names in Alaska they've gone through changes through the years.

    Wikipedia says the island's Dena'ina name is Nutuł’iy. The Dictionary of Alaska Place Names says it was named Turnagain Island by George Vancouver in 1794, the Tanaina Indian name was published in 1847 as Ostrov Mushukhli on Russian charts, and the current name of Fire Island was established in 1895 by the USGS.

    I seem to remember reading somewhere that at one time they set signal fires on Fire Island as a method of guiding ships up Cook Inlet in the 1800's, but I don't have any reference material for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitepalm View Post
    There are for sure moose there, at least there was last time I was there sometime around '91
    What in the world were you doing there in '91? You can't be THAT much older than I am...

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