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Caribou tend to come and go when it comes to their existence in Alaska. There are about 750,000 caribou in the state now, but that tends to change from time to time. The main herds that roam Alaska are Porcupine, Mulchatna, and Central Arctic caribou. Caribou like to travel in packs; you'll never see them alone. It's not uncommon to see a few thousand caribou herding together. Here are some of the best places in Alaska to find caribou.



• Denali National Park. This park is a traditional grazing ground of caribou. They like to hang out around some of the rivers at the park, like the Primrose or the Savage, and it's not uncommon for visitors to the park to enjoy the company of the animals.

• Denali Highway. This highway that runs between George Parks Highway and Richardson Highway is a common place for caribou to exist. You'll likely see some while you're driving. A favorite area along the highway is near the Tangle Lakes.

• Atigun Pass. This area is a great place for caribou to herd. They often like to take a dip in the water here. If you're visiting Alaska looking for wildlife, this is one spot you won't want to miss.

• Dalton Highway. You might be able to see as many as 100,000 caribou at a time here. This is such a common ground that caribou are quite common here. When you're driving along this highway, it's something to be sure to stay on the look out.

• Coastal Arctic Ocean. Caribou traditionally head toward the Arctic Ocean as days grow shorter. The caribou in this northern region are unmistakable. Many herds come together here in order to prepare for the shortened days.

It's not uncommon to see them heading in many different directions here. Be on the lookout, because these can be dangerous animals. You never want to get too close. But they make great animals of which to take photographs.