Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) Letters were sent to warn subsistence hunters about the laws against the killing of gray whales.
Native hunters used harpoons and guns to kill the protected whale in the Kuskokwim River near the Yup'ik village of Napaskiak on July 27, 2017.
Indigenous resident rely heavily on subsistence fishing and hunting as part of their ancient culture and traditions in this area.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sent three letters to advise villages about the laws and limits to subsistence whaling. Federal law prohibits any killing of gray whales. Alaska natives are allowed to kill other whales.
Some 20,000 pounds of meat were distributed among native villages from the killing of the near 37 foot whale.