An Iditarod sled canine named Leon was discovered protected after disappearing from a checkpoint within the race three months in the past and overlaying almost 150 miles, the Iditarod Path Committee mentioned Saturday.
Musher Sebastien Dos Santos Borges of France was choosing Leon up and returning with him to France, the path committee mentioned in an announcement.
Leon went lacking in March after what the path committee mentioned was his “escape” from the Ruby checkpoint. In Could, residents of the Alaska metropolis of McGrath, over 120 miles south of the checkpoint, reported to Race Director Mark Nordman that they’d seen Leon regularly close to a cabin.
The resident of the cabin and one other musher left meals for Leon within the hopes of catching him, in response to the path committee. He was captured early Saturday morning and was protected, alert and “understandably skinny however seemingly wholesome,” mentioned Iditarod spokesperson Shannon Markley.
Leon was anticipated to see a veterinarian within the coming days and wishes a well being certificates earlier than he can fly again to France, Markley mentioned.
The almost 1,000-mile race throughout Alaska started March 6 simply north of Anchorage. The route took mushers alongside Alaska’s untamed and unforgiving wilderness, together with two mountain ranges, the frozen Yukon River and Bering Sea ice alongside the state’s western shoreline. Brent Sass gained the race March 15 when he crossed below the famed burled arch end line in Nome.
On March 12, a dozen canine had arrived with Dos Santos Borges in Ruby, a checkpoint slightly below 500 miles from the beginning of the race.
Dos Santos Borges left Ruby on March 13 with 11 canine, and scratched days later with 9 canine after the checkpoint in White Mountain, situated slightly below 900 miles into the race.
Story by Yvonne Gonzalez, The Related Press. Gonzalez reported from Phoenix.