Well guys I thought that we might see caribou early this year and low and behold they are on the move! I have some friends who live in Noatak Village which is about 65 miles into the park from Kotzebue who were up above the Grand Canyon of the Noatak this past weekend. The are telling me that groups in excess of 1,000 caribou were crossing the Noatak just below Nackolik Creek.
This is a cool sighting but as most of you know this means nothing other than a group of 1,000 animals were sighted. We have a few groups who summer on our side of the Brooks and this could be that kind of group but the numbers are very high for a local group. I have never herd of a local group larger than 200-300 and I tend to think this is a early push of North Slope bou. The fact that they are in large groups is very positive! In the last 4 years we have seen lots of small groups but very few of the typical big groups.
Caribou donít move in mass unless nature tells them that it is time to and we have been seeing very cool temps on both sides of the Brooks this summer/fall. Its time to start think Bou Boys! I am going out to look around Wednesday for a few days just to sit and spot in the lower canyon area. I donít expect to see animals down that far but it will be fun to just sit and let my Ziess do the work. Also a number of Griz have been sighted eating berries and salmon so for you guys who are Alaska residents keep in mind that we have the largest inland Griz in the state and please take one home with you this fall! Man I just love fall in the Arctic!
I will keep you posted!
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