Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bears and Wolves

Last month, when I went fishing in the middle Kenai River with my friend Boo, part of our approach to catching silver salmon involved fishing from the bank.
We'd park the boat on a gravel bar, grab our rods, and walk the bank casting for fish. Often, a more effective and heart healthy technique than sitting in the boat all day.
Littered across the banks were spawned out red salmon carcasses.
And of course, if you find this you're going to find bears as well.  

But, this is what intrigued me the most and the reason for this post. As we were walking a muddy bank I noticed these tracks.  I asked Boo if he thought they were from a dog.  He said, "nope, much too big. It's a gray wolf.  They often sneak down to the river and feed on salmon." Well, that was something I didn't know before. I knew that the Kenai Peninsula had a wolf population of around 200 but I thought they were all in the Caribou Hills area and not around the middle Kenai River. But I guess it shouldn't be too surprising. The middle Kenai River flows through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, a 1.92 million acre preserve, and this borders Tustamena Lake/Caribou Hills area. Easy access and protection for another food source.

So, there you go. There's always something new...

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