We made it to Denali NP. This is a beautiful Stained glass @ the Wilderness Access Center. And where you sign up & or get your tickets if you signed up on line for the tour bus trips into the park beyond the first 15 miles.
These were the only Bull Moose we saw on our trip. We saw several female & Baby Moose. We were lucky to get there pix as they were on the move when we saw them in Denali. Moose are members of the deer family. They are the largest member, weighing between 800 & 1500 lbs. And only the male moose have Antlers.
We saw several Grizzly’s. They weigh up to 600 lbs. The Grizzly’s in Denali eat roots, berries, tubers, bulbs & fresh vegetation in season. They also eat ground Squirrels, caribou, moose, & sheep. Grizzlies hibernate from October to April. They very in color from Brown to Blond sometimes brown with blond streaks. The Grizzly’s in Denali don’t get the Salmon other Grizzly’s get because of the river systems there.
I had to post these 2 pix. A good scratch & a nap. Then we have the Caribou. The first two pix are some we saw in the park on the tour bus. The nice close up was one we saw @ the 15 mile turnaround area. It’s probably a male but female also have antlers. Caribou look shaggy in the spring & early summer. By September bull caribou look great with big Antlers & a white chest
The idea for the park in this region began in 1906, when Charles Sheldon arrived to study Dall Sheep. There was concern for the sheep's survival because of heavy hunting. thus the concept for a park was developed.
This is 2 sculls and antlers found in 2003 near Moose Creek. Two Massive Bull Moose clashed in an effort to establish dominance to earn the right to mate. At some point they became locked & One tine pierced the eye of the other. And so they remained locked until death called them.
check the park website www.nps.gov./dena
I’m behind on posting to the blog. This last weekend (8-24-2012) the Denali NP was in the news because for the first time in the parks history a hiker was attacked and killed by a Grizzly. Denali NP is a true Wilderness and can be dangerous. The Grizzly bears and Moose can be dangerous.
In 1980 with only weeks left in his Presidency, Jimmy Carter signed into law legislation that established over 100 million acres of national parks, preserves & wildlife refuges in Alaska. Denali went from two million acres to six million acres.
a pix that’s for sale in the park store.
Denali is the only national park in America with a working Sled Dog kennel. Denali has nearly six million acres of legally designated Wilderness where no mechanized forms of transport are allowed…no snowmachines, no cars, no airplanes can land, no motors. When the park has a choice between flying a load into a remote location or using the dog teams, they will use the park dogs when feasible. They can fly to over see the area if needed but don’t land.
Below are a couple of the dogs & a team set up to do a demo.
An example of one of the sleds they might use. And the Pups. They do there own breading and this year they have 3 new pups. They have a You Tube site that you can go to to see the pups. They breed dogs for pulling freight & not for racing so they look a little different than the dogs in the Iditarod race.
The pups have had a hard day & below is the you-tube link.
Safe travels & now on to Fairbanks