While camping at Grouse Lake in Seward I spotted an animal about 20 feet away out of the corner of my eye. The animal did not spot me or my walker hound while it trotted towards the road. I lip squeaked and it stopped dead in its tracks, and with neck snapping force it whipped its head in my direciton. Slowly and caustiously it carefully stepped towards a rock pile about 30 feet away. It mounted the rock pile an starred at me for about a minute. With each lip squeak this animal popped its head out of the rock pile and looked at me with curiousity. This animal was completely black, about 3.5 feet in length with a skinny tale including the fur. The face reminded me of a weasel. Its legs were no more than 6 inches long and had a minimal amount of fur on its face and snout. This animal was not a fox or a wolverine. I have seen wolverine pelts and I researched many pictures leading me to believe wolverine was out of the question.
It was raining that day and I figured this animal could be brown in color but the drenched coat would appear black. I am thinking this animal is either a weasel or marten. I do not know if these animals inhabit the Kenai Peninsula though. I have looked at pictures or marten and weasels and it's closest match was the marten. But I do not know if these animals patrol the Seward area either. Are there any ideas of what this animal could have been? All I know is that if it was in season I would have smoked it. :-) LOL J/K