Official State of Alaska Vacation and Travel Information
For many visitors to Alaska, seeing majestic animals like bears, moose and eagles in the wild is a crowning moment in their visit. Keep reading to learn more about the wild residents that enthrall locals and visitors alike.
Visitors and locals alike flock to designated bear-viewing areas like Katmai National Park, Admiralty Island and McNeil River State Game Sanctuary to see the brown bear fishing salmon out of the rivers. Kodiak brown bears can weigh up to 1,500 pounds, rivaling the largest polar bears, while brown bears in most other areas tend to be much smaller. These massive animals are capable of taking down a half-ton moose on the run. They're also highly intelligent and positively bursting with personality, which makes them very entertaining to watch.
Much more rare than brown bears, the largest polar bears can weigh in excess of 1,700 pounds, but the average male weighs 600–1,200 pounds. Professionally-guided tours out of Utqiagvik/Barrow offer the best chances of seeing this rare predator. Read More
This itinerary showcases two of Alaska's most popular cities, Anchorage and Homer. But the wildest attraction is a visit to Katmai National Park and Preserve, where an estimated 2,200 brown bears are intent on catching enough salmon to fatten themselves up for the cold winter ahead. Read More
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