Peninsula is home to 5 different herds

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2000

The Kenai Peninsula is home to five distinct caribou herds. All are descended from animals biologists relocated from the Nelchina herd near Glennallen within the past 35 years.

n Kenai Mountains herd -- About 400 animals live around the headwaters of Big Indian and Resurrection creeks near Hope. Founded in 1965. Hunting has managed the herd size since 1972.

n Kenai Lowlands herd -- About 140 animals live in an area arching from north of Sterling through Kenai to Kasilof. The herd began at Watson Lake near Sterling in 1966.

n Killey River herd -- About 550 animals (the peninsula's largest herd) live in the alpine and subalpine zone south and west of the Killey River. They are descended from three groups released at Emma and Green lakes and on the Tustumena glacier flats in 1985 and 1986.

n Twin Lakes herd -- About 75 animals live near Twin Lakes and the headwaters of Benjamin Creek in the Kenai Mountains east of the Killey River. They are descended from three groups released at Emma and Green lakes and on the Tustumena glacier flats in 1985 and 1986.

n Fox River herd -- About 75 animals live on the ridge between the upper Fox River valley and the south end of Lake Tustumena.

The herd began at Caribou Lake in 1986.



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