For the past month the caribou have been bunching up and traveling through the mountain passes. Last Monday we awoke to a fairly large herd camping out between Shungnak and the foothills. We estimated that we could see 6,000 from the classroom windows. Try competing for students’ attention with that going on outside!
So, after school Hans said he was going to take a walk and see if he could get some pictures, “…’cause this might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and they may be gone tomorrow.”
Here’s a sampling:
A plane flew in that evening and reported there were actually some 20,000+ caribou in the herd. A truck drove up and down the runway beeping its horn, trying to scare the caribou back so they wouldn’t cross the runway while the plane was landing.
Just like Farley Mowat’s Never Cry Wolf — except Hans kept his clothes on (thank God!).