Alaskan Wildlife, National Parks, Viewing Alaska

Alaska's Wildlife: Diverse and Raw

Alaska has the privilege of being home to some of the world’s most marvellous wildlife. Within such a large expanse of land Alaska wildlife viewing is an amazing experience not to be missed. The state has many species which aren’t found anywhere else in the U.S., as well as being a haven for many facing extinction in the rest of the world. It is home to the largest population of bald eagles, black and brown bears on the planet, resulting in some impressive opportunities for wildlife viewing.

The Diverse wildlife of Alaska

Alaska is home to almost the entire brown bear population of the United States. These magnificent creatures can be seen in their natural habitats through the Alaskan southeast during the year, but especially during the summer salmon hunting season. Their smaller inland dwelling cousin, the grizzly, is widespread throughout the state, and Denali and Katmai National Parks are great places to spot these bears. You won’t see as many polar bears, but the best chance is in the spring and fall in Alaska’s Arctic Circle.

Alaskan moose are usually found in thickly forested areas, where they find the majority of their herbivore based diet. The largest member of the deer family, moose also live within close proximity to water and are strong swimmers. They are one of Alaska’s most recognizable animal residents. Caribou are well suited to Alaska’s cold winters due to their wide concave hooves, which act as support in snow and as a swimming aid. Caribou are recorded as walking as far as 3,000 miles a year between feeding grounds – a distance further than any other land mammal.

Alaska wildlife viewing wouldn’t be complete without a sighting of Alaskan eagles. The imposing bald eagle, which can boast a wingspan of seven feet across, can be easily spotted around Alaska’s waters, where they feed on salmon. Golden eagles can be found inland and survive on eating small animals like squirrels and rabbits.

Whale watching is an extremely popular Alaskan tourist attraction, but the state also possesses large numbers of other sea mammals. Almost 90 per cent of the world’s sea otter population live in Alaska’s southern waters. Although sea lions are found in abundance from California through to Russia, three quarters of them also make Alaska their home resulting in fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. Marine mammals can be seen in Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords National Parks, and Prince William Sound.