Last I read Anchorage has received about 7-8 feet of snow so far this year. Does anyone have any current information on how all this snow might be affecting the Dall sheep in the Chugach?
We have had a lot of snow, but quickly behind it we had high winds. The high winds have kept some ridges exposed. As long as predation doesn't become a huge factor, I think our sheep will come out okay this year. Well, at least so far. No telling what the rest of the winter might still hold for us (and the sheep).
I think the sheep are fairing better than the deer in the Sound, SE and Kodiak. As I look at the Chugach range right now (the sun is just rising over the top), there are plenty of exposed ridges and rivines. I'm not a biologist, however. It might be a good idea to contact ADF&G's Anchorage office AFTER breakup to get a better idea. We are still a long way from the end of punishing snows.
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