Oh, Deer

Anchorage Daily News / April 16, 2004

A Sitka blacktailed deer -- unseen in Anchorage until the last two years -- feeds on a snowless south-facing hillside at Kincaid Elementary School in West Anchorage on Thursday.

Native to Southeast Alaska, the deer were introduced to Hawkins and Hinchinbrook islands in the early 1900s and dispersed throughout Prince William Sound by swimming island to island. They have been seen in bays along Passage Canal, just over the mountains from Portage and Turnagain Arm, but until recently they had not been seen in Anchorage, according to Rick Sinnott, Anchorage-area biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Last fall, a small buck was seen with a moose near O'Malley Road briefly.

(Photo by Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News)

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