Another Great Wildlife Day on the South Klondike Highway

Cathy and I had to make a quick trip to Skagway this morning, and while we fully expected to see some wildlife, we didn’t expect to see as much as we did.

The first great sighting was this beautiful big grizzly along Tutshi Lake (yes, “the usual place”). We spent a few minutes with him and he wasn’t the least bit concerned about us.


Grizzly bear along Tutshi Lake, BC

About 5 miles further south, this smaller bear was much shyer.


Bear along the South Klondike Highway

But he was a bit curious about us – perhaps checking to see if we were gone yet so he could get back to his grass, so we didn’t stay.


Bear along the South Klondike Highway

It was very quiet in Skagway, both because it was early (we arrived just before 9:00 am) and because the Island Princess was the only ship in port.


Cruise ship Island Princess at Skagway, Alaska

We dropped the Subaru at the ferry terminal, and headed north again. Along the Tutshi River we caught a quick glimpse of a black bear but a bus was blocking the good views. A few hundred yards further, this old-timer was standing beside the road, so we pulled over.


Black bear along the South Klondike Highway

He wandered across to our side of the road and then back across. My impression was that he’s somewhat familiar with getting treats from cars. 🙁


Black bear along the South Klondike Highway

The dandelion crop right now is incredibly good, and we had high hopes for this spot along Tutshi Lake, but no luck.


Dandelions along Tutshi Lake, BC

At the BC/Yukon border there were about 30 Dall sheep and mountain goats on the slope above. In this photo the 4 animals at the upper left are mountain goats, the 2 on the right are Dall sheep, a ewe above and a ram below.


Dall sheep and mountain goats along the South Klondike Highway

Not many people seemed to be interested in the sheep and goats.


'Welcome to the Yukon' sign

At Pooley Canyon there were 10 more mountain goats, including this one below the historic aerial tramway suppoort tower.


Mountain goat at Pooley Canyon, Yukon

We were back home 4 ½ hours after we left. The reason we dropped the car is that early tomorrow morning we’re flying to Vancouver to start a 16-day Vancouver-Alaska cruise and and tour, and as well as a Skagway port stop during the cruise, we fly home from Anchorage to Juneau to Skagway, so the car will also be our final transport home. That story will start here on the blog tomorrow night.

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