Sitkinak Cattle Ranch

Livestock and Wildlife on Sitkinak Island

Chris Green

Sitkinak Cattle.  Sitkinak Island, located 115 miles from the town of Kodiak Alaska, is home to the wild ungulates we raise.  These cattle live wild and free, thriving in the coastal island environment they have adapted to.  Introduced in 1937, the dominate breed is Black Angus.  There are also Red Angus, Hereford, Charolais, and Galloway.  This Angus cross has proven to be a very well adapted strain for Sitkinak Island.  These cattle have a frame size average of 2.5 to 3, weighing 1000 to 1200 lbs.  

To the relief of the free-range cattle on Sitkinak, there are no resident brown bears (or predators) that reside on the island, allowing the cattle to be the largest and dominant animal roaming the hills.  They co-exist well with the foxes and other wildlife on the island. 

We raise quarter horses as well.

Sitka Blacktail Deer.  Since 1924, Sitka Blacktail deer have thrived on Kodiak Island and have spread to other outlying islands such as Sitkalidak, Sitkinak, Afognak islands.  About 20 years ago, deer swam to Sitkinak Island to avoid hunting pressure and the threat of the Kodiak Brown Bear.  Sitkinak has grown in popularity over the last 10 years because it is the safest place to bow hunt deer in Alaska and the deer are less frightened.

Other Wildlife.  There are red fox, otter, beaver, tundra vole, and numerous species of birds that also inhabit Sitkinak Island.