All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Caribou; Reindeer</strong>
<em>Rangifer tarandus</em>

We made an unexpected stop along the Parks Highway to see these Caribou (a.k.a. reindeer). The larger one, the male, was tame and would allow people to touch him. His antlers were in vel...
Caribou; Reindeer
Rangifer tarandus

We made an unexpected stop along the Parks Highway to see these Caribou (a.k.a. reindeer). The larger one, the male, was tame and would allow people to touch him. His antlers were in velvet, they were so soft to touch! Female Caribou have antlers too. They keep their antlers longer during the year than the males. Since Santa's reindeer still have their antlers when they pull his sleigh at Christmas, it is said that they have to be females! :) These caribou were grazing in the yard of a very unique store in the little community of Trapper Creek. The store is called "Wal-Mike's," which offers an incredible collection of Alaskan antiques and some other things that have to be seen to be believed!

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