Charles Francis "Chuck" Hunt

  • Charles Francis "Chuck" Hunt
    Charles Francis "Chuck" Hunt
  • A twenty-two year employee of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chuck Hunt (1944-2000) served as Native Liaison for the Yupik Eskimo people of western Alaska’s Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.  Chuck officially served as translator between the Upik language and English.  However, unofficially, his diplomatic approach and sense of humor served to ease difficult and sometimes tense relations between Native leaders and federal managers.  He became an unofficial ambassador, bridging and integrating western science and traditional knowledge.  Chuck’s patient efforts to bring cross-cultural understanding to two very different worlds contributed to the reduction in harvests of several species of arctic nesting gees whose populations had declined to low levels.  More recently, his enthusiastic and tireless educational efforts in over 30 villages resulted in the increased use of nontoxic shot for subsistence waterfowl hunting in western Alaska.  Chuck worked with the young people of the Delta to emphasize traditional knowledge and subsistence culture, while fostering interest in science, so that they could become the next generation of natural resource stewards.  Chuck wrote “To be a leader, one does not need a title, but care, understanding and concern of the well-being of all people.”  Chuck Hunt truly was a leader and a pioneer, applying his hard learned life lessons towards a better future for the people and the wildlife of Alaska.

    -- USFWS