This brown bear
lives at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage.
But not all the wildlife in Anchorage is locked up. Here's a brief
guide to the wildlife of Anchorage:
Moose are easier to see in Anchorage than in Denali
National Park. In the summer, walk
or bike on the the coastal trail between Point Woronzof and Kincaid
Park. Moose are dense here because the airport has a fence to
keep them off the runway. They tend to bunch up when they wander
up the fence. In the fall, you can see bulls fight in Upper Campbell
Creek at the Glenn Alps viewing platform.
Fish & Game says that about 80 black bears spend part of the
summer in or near residential areas in the Anchorage Bowl. About
four or five brown bears are seen in residential neighborhoods.
In Greater Anchorage there are about 60 brown bears and 250 black
bears. You have a good chance of seeing bear scat on the Eklutna
Lake Trail. (Get
a map of Anchorage Trail Heads here.)
There are 5 packs of wolves in Greater Anchorage, with two in the
Anchorage Bowl. The five packs are: Ship Creek Pack; Elmendorf/Fort
Richardson Pack; Eklutna Pack; Girdwood Pack and Portage (or Twenty
See them at the Eagle River Nature Center, Westchester Lagoon and
They come down to the Seward
Highway near Beluga and Windy Points (Mile 108, where you can
see Beluga whales, too).
Go birdwatching at Potter Marsh, Westchester Lagoon, and along the
coastal trail. Ravens play inthe north wind at Point Woronzof and
owls can be seen in Kincaid Park.
For more information, go the Alaska Department of Fish &
Game's excellent website, www.wildlife.alaska.gov.
The information here was gathered from a winter lecture series,
"Wildlife Wednesdays," at the Loussac Public Library in