Posted on 07/20/2018
From the unparalleled wilderness to the majestic mountains, glaciers and national parks, the “Last Frontier” known as Alaska is on every traveler’s bucket list and with good reason. And while the state’s great beauty is a big draw, often it’s the animals that are the main attraction.
The 49th state boasts one of the most diverse array of wildlife with bears, moose, Dall sheep, bison and wolves as the most popular residents of the untamed wilderness. Here is a quick primer on Alaska’s most beloved inhabitants.
Perhaps the most well-known are the brown “grizzlies” who remain second to the black bears (50,000 and counting) in population. The best time to catch a bear at play or feeding their young during “salmon runs” in the rivers is at dusk or dawn.
Nothing is more iconic (or intimidating) than the sight of a majestic six-foot-tall moose in Alaska. Sightings are more prevalent as they can be seen lumbering down the highway or like their cousin the deer, foraging for food in the city (Anchorage’s Kincaid Park and Coastal Trail are popular spots).
Named after the explorer and founder of the National Geographic Society William Dall, Dall sheep are known for their beautiful white coats and amber-colored horns and ability to scale large cliffs.
No trip to Alaska would be complete without a sighting of the national mammal of the United States. While almost extinct, the plains and wood bison are making a resurgence thanks to conservation and the efforts of the World Wildlife Fund.
The largest population of wolves in the United States call Alaska home. Traveling in packs of five to twenty, these social animals are one of the most emblematic of the state and as predators, keep the rabbit, beaver and deer population in check.
Caribou, bison, yellow-beaked bald eagles, Beluga whales (known as “canaries of the sea” for their unique noise), black-footed ferrets, mountain goats, walruses and even monarch butterflies are just a few of the unique animals you can catch a glimpse of in their native playground.
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