The wildlife viewing possibilities in Denali are spectacular. This is certainly one of the best places I've found to see animals in their natural environment. During my nine trips into this park, I saw many different species of animals, but there are also many I never caught sight of. Following is a list of some that I have seen here: grizzlies, a wolf, a lynx, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, fox, hoary marmots, arctic ground squirrels, beaver, red squirrel, snowshoe hare, ptarmigan, golden eagle, and a gryfalcon.
Wildlife viewing like anywhere, is unpredictable but that makes it all the more interesting. We spotted this moose and her calf from the bus and stopped to observe. They were in quite a rush, it seemed. Moose cows are constantly on alert when they have a calf. This calf is still very young, I'd say less than 2 months old. It's interesting that all moose give birth within a few days of each other. This has evolved in order for the species to survive the onslaught from bears, wolves and other predators during the calving season. Calves make easy targets, and moose cows which get in the way are often killed as well.
Getting back to this pair in the photo: Mama was certainly doing her best to help her youngster survive, but she was heading in the wrong direction! She was heading directly to an area with a high grizzly concentration!
don't help a Good bear go MAD
Bear paw in the morning next to my tent, don't you think it look like my name ?
there is bear everywhere
the photo was taken at the same place during my 1st visit to Denali, it ws late August 1998
we saw 2 bears at the road side on the way back to tourist center.
a wild fox running on the street(?) near by Kantishna
a pair of caribou walking towards our bus near by Kantishna
a moose rest under the bridge
a short rest at Kantishna Creek
Many people come to the park hoping to see wildlife. On any given excursion into the park, there is an excellent chance of spotting some caribou. Large herds frequent this area.
It is easy to see moose in the park. This is a cow that was part of a group of six that was devouring all willow shoots in sight. Fattening up for the long winter ahead.
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