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It’s calving season at the Reindeer Farm near Palmer

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: April 12
  • Published April 11

A days-old reindeer calf shadows its mother at the Reindeer Farm next to Bodenburg Butte on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN)

The first reindeer of the season was born April 2 at the Reindeer Farm in the Butte, near Palmer. As of Tuesday, 15 reindeer have been born, and about 40 reindeer births are expected this spring.

The reindeer farm is closed during April as their driveway and pens dry from the snow melt and will reopen to the public May 1. For now, though, the reindeer calves and their mothers remain visible from Bodenburg Loop Road as they sleep and run around in the pasture.

Moms will be admitted to the Reindeer Farm for free during its Mother’s Day event on Sunday, May 12.

Days-old baby reindeer walk about in a pasture at the Reindeer Farm near Palmer on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Jarett Hardy of the Reindeer Farm bottle feeds a 5-hour-old reindeer calf on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN)


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