- Associated Press - Saturday, April 11, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says a state walrus sanctuary will open after all this summer.

In a press release, the department said that it typically spends $105,000 on staff for a visitor program and campground at Round Island each summer. That money was eliminated from the budget but the department will instead receive funding from about half a dozen private donors and a federal grant this summer.

The island, which is part of the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary in northern Bristol Bay, is open from May 1 to August 15. Visitors must have permits for day visits and camping.

According to the department, the sanctuary contains one of North America’s largest terrestrial haul-outs for Pacific walrus, and is also home to other seabirds and marine mammals.

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