Originally Posted by flopitdown
As far as the Kenai caribou go, there are basically three main areas that hold them, and they pretty much stick to wandering around these same areas all the time. Two sperate areas are in the Kenai mountains. One of these being in the mountains between Skilak and Tustumena lakes, with some animals venturing a little further south above Tustumena. On the other side of the highway, it's between Cooper Landing and Hope. These animals are pretty much inaccessible to caribou unless you hike up to them as they stay up high. These areas do however comprise the most caribou on the Kenai. When I was hunting or guiding for sheep I'd often run into groups of 30 to 50+ animals at a time. The last area/s that hold caribou is what we call the "flatland" caribou. These are animals that generally wander between north Kenai all the way down to around Kasilof. These are the caribou that people have mentioned that you may see grazing along the highway. Years ago F&G actually gave out a couple permits to hunt the flatland caribou in the north Kenai area, but that ended a long time ago when the population plummeted do to wolves and wild dogs and really has never regained. Flatland caribou have actually been seen from peoples homes but it's only by chance and will be very few and far between if ever again. A year ago this November my daughter managed to take a photo of a decent lone bull dodging traffic in downtown Soldotna. She actually saw it from her place of work as she was leaving and followed it to the highway. The main areas to (possibly) see a few animals from the flatland herd would be out Marathon road in Kenai, the highway south of Soldotna, Kalifornski (K-Beach) road between Kenai and Kasilof, and Bridge Access road out of Kenai which is the area known as the Kenai river flats.