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Sighting Alaska Wildlife

There are abundant opportunities to view wildlife in Alaska. To improve your chances of seeing wild animals, wake up early in the morning or stay up late at night as the animals tend to move more in the cooler temperatures after the sun dips to the horizon. If you’re driving during darkness or at dawn or dusk, stay especially alert for animals on the highway.

Watch the mountains for sheep and the valley meadows for moose. Foxes, coyotes, porcupines, ground squirrels and numerous birds are commonly seen along highways. Beaver and waterfowl can be seen around rivers and ponds. With luck, you may see a wolf or bear.

Respect wild animals and give them lots of space; females with young can be especially dangerous. A cow moose with a calf is a cute sight but a moose mom is very protective and can be dangerous if she feels her calf is at risk of being harmed.

You may feed the mosquitoes but please never feed or disturb wildlife!