Friday, February 10, 2006

Deer in the Anchorage area?

Sitka black-tailed deer in Anchorage? This month's Alaska Wildlife News says "yes." These small deer are not natives of the area, or even southcentral Alaska, but have been in the region since the early 20th century thanks to transplants from southeast Alaska. The deer have been steadily pushing their range west.

Deer have been reported in the Anchorage area for three winters in a row, the publication said. Sightings have included both bucks and does, usually separately, although one observer reported seeing a buck and doe together.

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