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Summer Finds, Part 2

October 13, 2010

I set a goal of finding my first caribou shed this summer. On my first full day in Alaska, I stopped in at a wildlife biologist’s office and asked where I might find wintering caribou. The biologists suggested I try flat-topped mountains. They sent me up near Chicken, AK where the Fortymile herd winters. I didn’t have a lot to go on, but I did find an ancient cow caribou skull and a little moose shed (see previous post). I was standing on a big boulder, scoping out the view when I spotted a white “stick.” I ignored it and started to walk away, then decided I’d better check it out, just in case. It was an ancient caribou shed! Only a little bit of it was sticking out. Most of it was lichen-covered and buried underground. It’s probably decades old and a lot of it is broken off. I call it the “Grinch Shed” because it looks like the antler the Grinch puts on the dog’s head in the movie, then has to saw all the points off because it’s too heavy. Not a mint condition shed, but my first caribou shed!

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Summer Finds, Part 1

October 10, 2010

It’s 80 degrees in October and it’s hard to think about antlers, but I thought I’d throw some posts on the blog and get thinking about sheds a little bit. We’re only a couple months away! I spent the summer in Alaska again. It was very rainy and very green in southern Alaska, which makes shed hunting tough, but I did score a few finds. On my first full day in Alaska, I ventured to an area near Chicken, AK in search of caribou antlers. I came up with an old cow caribou skull and this year’s fork moose shed. More posts to follow in the coming days. Stay tuned!

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