Reindeer Needed for 4-H Program: The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is building a new herd of reindeer for a 4-H reindeer husbandry program. In the winter months 4-H students will stay in the wildlife center’s bunkhouses learning all aspects of reindeer husbandry and wildlife husbandry.
Students will be sourced from the Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound Villages, Anchorage and Mat-Su Valley. Spring calves will all be bottle fed by the students. Each student will then stay at the center for 2 weeks during the summer. An approved enclosure will be built at the student’s home. In the fall, the student will take their reindeer calf or calves home and continue their 4-H project.
There is no cost to the student for this program and the calf is donated to them. The University of Fairbanks, School of Natural Resources and Agriculture Science has had great success with this program in Fairbanks. We hope to do the same in our area.
We gathered a few reindeer from breeders along the road system, but we could use more as we have more applicants than animals. We ask reindeer breeders to consider a tax-deductible donation. The value of the reindeer plus the transportation expense would be 100% tax deductible. AWCC’s CPA would create the necessary paperwork for IRS.
Mike Miller, Executive Director Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) PO Box 949, Mile 79 Seward Highway, Portage, AK 99587. Phone 907-301-7942.