To the delight of tourists and local residents, members of the Kenai Lowland Caribou herd have been making local appearances near homes and commercial establishments along the Sterling Highway.
According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game area biologist Jeff Selinger, the herd of approximately one hundred animals disperses into small groups after the post calving aggregation.
Selinger says the animals are more docile than moose, and that the traffic jams they cause are probably the greatest hazard. Nevertheless, he cautions that they are wild animals and that observers should keep a safe distance and let the animals have their space.
Loose dogs are a very serious danger to the free ranging herd, and pet owners are advised to keep their dogs under control. The herd is known to move from the Kenai River flats as far out as the Swanson River gas fields during the summer months.
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