Reindeer have a long way to travel to get to Montana. But, technically it is not completely unheard of hearing of a reindeer sighting in Big Sky Country. In fact, reindeer are just a sub species of caribou. And caribou have been showing up in Montana in recent years.

According to Montana FWP

Residents have recently documented sightings of woodland caribou near the U.S.-Canada border. The multiple sightings include the potential for a bull and a cow in separate locations.

Caribou, members of the deer family, are native to northwest Montana but have almost completely disappeared from the contiguous United States over the last half century.

Woodland caribou herds once stretched from central British Columbia to Idaho, Montana and Washington. The decline in population is largely attributed to high mortality linked to habitat fragmentation, alteration, loss of old growth forest, and subsequent predation impacts. Woodland caribou are now protected in the United States and British Columbia.

We may not have many reindeer/caribou here in Montana, but we do have plenty of mule deer. But, can mule deer harness the magical ability to fly to the North Pole and deliver a message to Santa? An adorable little girl in Colorado BELIEVES they can.

Recently, a beautiful mule deer buck happened to set off the Pikul family's RING Video Doorbell sensor. Justin Pikul decided that he and his daughter would have a little chat with the deer via the devices built in intercom. The little girl decided that this was her chance to get a last minute message off to Santa, to let him know that she had been "good."

 

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