Behind many of the world’s top mushing champions is an army of cheap, semi-skilled labor: dog handlers. Across Alaska, handlers play a pivotal role in competitive mushing. They manage sprawling kennels and help train sled-dogs for competition. It’s a system that thrives on an unconventional economic arrangement.
Until recently, when an orphan sea otter was found on a beach, volunteers helped get it out of harm’s way and into rehabilitation. The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward was the only place that would accept orphan pups. Although the four pups at the SeaLife Center since moved to new homes, the facility has no plans to accept more. And that means turning pups away.
She was a wanderer. Instead of sticking with her herd, Wood Bison 124 headed out on her own, traveling hundreds of solitary miles from the Alaska Yukon, down the Kuskokwim, to the sea. A bullet ended her journey Friday near Quinhagak. She was shot illegally.