|hard time topping last year.
Our guests last summer complained that the Salmon were too easy to
catch! We finally asked guests and friends not to leave any more
Salmon with us. We ran out of freezer space and we ran out of
people to give Salmon to. We are still eating King, Red and Silver
Salmon at least twice a week.
Local fishing guide, Andy Couch of
FishTale River Guides predicted the 2000
season would be better than normal in July, August, and September.
His prediction certainly was accurate. Andy expects
should be about normal for Red, Silver and Chum Salmon.
The Agate Inn and FishTale River Guides
offer Salmon fishing packages with 3 or 5 six-hour guided fishing
trips starting at $625.00 per person.. Give us a call at
800-770-2290 or check out the Salmon Connection
|A few weeks later, Jasper had
a bloating problem. Reindeer and Moose for some reason are
attracted to plastic shopping bags. Occasionally plastic shopping
bags blow into the pen. We were convinced Jasper had eaten plastic
and it was lodged in one of the four compartments of his stomach.
During the holidays, our large animal vet visited and tubed Jasper
to relieve the gas build up. He improved, but again on January 6,
Jasper bloated. Later that afternoon, Jasper died from heart
failure. Two vets and a wildlife biologist performed a necropsy
that evening. There was no sign of plastic. Jasper had a deformity
of the esophagus.
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reindeer herding skills improved throughout the past year,
although we never managed to teach our deer how to fly....let
alone how to pull a sled. With our confidence level high, we
acquired a young bull reindeer, Jasper, and hopes for little
reindeer on the horizon. The truth is, if we couldn’t teach
Agatha Christie and Crystal how to pull a sled, we would just have
to start with younger pupils!
We had fun learning how to handle a male
reindeer during rutting season. Harvey quickly learned how to show
Jasper who was the boss. In wrestling this might be termed
pinning. We seriously wondered what next year would be like when
Jasper gained 150 to 200 pounds.
Unfortunately, we soon
experienced the downsides of
|reindeer herding. On November 1, we moved the deer to their winter
pen between the guest house and our home. As darkness fell, after
only a few hours in the new pen, a stray dog found its way into
the pen. Agatha Christie and Crystal fled toward the old pen and
jumped the six foot fence. Jasper never left the pen. Crystal,
other than losing a 12 inch square area of winter fur, stayed near
the pen and was standing at the gate the next morning waiting to
be let back in. Agatha kept on running, became hopelessly lost two
miles from the Inn and was struck by a car. The dog was caught a
few nights later and turned over to animal control. Catching the
dog was no consolation to losing Agatha Christie and her unborn