first_imgEskelin: “Without a leash it’s really hard when a dog sees or smells something interesting in the woods. It’s harder for our little friends to respect wildlife without a little bit of help from owners.”  The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge as launched a ‘B.A.R.K. Ranger’ program to remind dog owners that the refuge was established to conserve wildlife and the habitat it needs to survive. KNWR is home to a wide variety of wildlife including moose, eagles, brown and black bears, wolves, and others. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Like all guests there is acceptable behavior when visiting someone else’s home, and that rule applies to our four legged friends exploring the trails of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. B.A.R.K; bag your own poop, always wear a leash on the Refuge, respect wildlife, and know where you can go. Ranger Leah Eskelin from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: “The Refuge is awesome, has a beautiful set of trails and we all like to go out and enjoy it. We like to see the bear scat because it lets us know where wildlife is, but not so much the dogs. It’s all about respecting where we are, and be responsible dog owners.”  Some areas of the Refuge closed to Dogs include the Keen Eye Nature Trail and Cross-Country Ski Trails at the Headquarters/Visitor Center. All other areas of the Refuge are open to dogs. On Refuge campground dogs are required to be on a leash no longer than nine ft. in all refuge campgrounds.last_img