• pond surrounded by green brush, reflecting a distant range of snow-covered mountains that are dominated by one massive mountain

    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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Webcam: Sled Dog Puppies

 

Since 2010, the annual "Puppycam" has provided a worldwide web audience with early glimpses of the park's youngest canine rangers.

The camera provides a static overhead view of the maternity pen that may refresh about every 15 seconds. It is turned on each year as pups approach four weeks of age and become more active outside their house. It is turned off after the pups are weaned and grow big enough to leave the maternity pen to live in other areas.

Learn more about the sled dogs and the ongoing role they serve in park operations at kennels web pages, including online video episodes of Puppy Paws, as well as a kennels blog.

For updates on the pups and other activities throughout the park, follow DenaliNPS on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube.

 
Image of sled dog pups in the 1930s

Waiting at a threshold in Savage Camp, 1936

COURTESY CANDY WAGAMAN COLLECTION

Beyond Cute

Mushing is a cultural tradition across Alaska that dates back many thousands of years. It also provides the National Park Service the most effective available means to patrol vast areas of designated Wilderness during the long winter season.

Managers of the historic Denali sled dog kennels take great care in breeding for qualities suitable for the challenges and responsibilities of a Denali sled dog. Physical traits include long legs to break trail through deep snow, compact paws to resist build up of ice between toes, and sturdy coats and puffy tails to keep warm in the depths of sub-arctic winter. Character traits include tenacity, an unbridled love to pull and run as part of a team, and social skills that tolerate attention of many thousands of admirers to visit the kennels each summer.

 

This webcam was created, in part, with support from a donation. Find out how you can contribute, too.

Did You Know?

snowy landscape and distant snow-covered mountain

Recent climate warming has affected Denali in ways that are readily apparent, such as reduced spring snowfall, earlier snowmelt, earlier green-up and thawing of permanent snowfields. Subarctic ecosystems, like Denali, are extremely sensitive to climate variability and change.