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I really haven’t felt myself in maybe a decade. I felt myself here in the taiga.

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These were taken with my telephoto lens, and they were quite a distance off.

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I post these photos from South Carolina. They were taken over a month ago from the lodge where I was staying near Denali National Park.

They might as well have come from a different universe.

But they are from the same country.

These calves had their mother and thus had a fighting chance against the bears and wolves.

I hope they are doing well now.

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I believe these are mew gulls, and they had three chicks that wandered among the landscaping rocks and spruce trees at the lodge at Denali National Park.

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I didn’t see any wolves while I was in Alaska, but I did get to see the sled dog demonstration at Denali National Park. The dogs were originally  brought in to pull rangers doing anti-poaching patrols, and during the winters now, they are still used to patrol the back country.

The dogs got really excited to do their job! I wasn’t in the best position to see them pull the sled, but they did it at top speed!

The ones that didn’t get to run still got worked up, and they started making noise as soon as they knew a demonstration was about to happen.

The public got to meet the dogs before the demo.

Some were in runs because they were either in heat or couldn’t stop eating rocks.

But they were all beautiful.

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She never left the fence. She stayed in that position so she could be petted for as long as possible.

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These two moose calves were at the entrance to Denali National Park, when I was taking the bus to a sled dog demonstration. (The same day I also caught the grayling).

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These photos were taken from a bus. I was not on foot.

When I was on foot in moose cow and calf country, I finally realized what it’s like to be a little dog wandering around white-tailed deer when the does give birth. At any moment, there could be a ticked off ungulate coming at me!

Update (8 July 16):  I had heard rumors that the moose calves’ mother had been shot. It is true, and because they were hanging out so close to people, the park captured them today for relocation.  

 

 

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This clip is from the Ken Burns series on  the National Parks, and it includes photos of Wags, Murie’s tame wolf:

Source.

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