The wildlife of Alaska is diverse and abundant, they even have their own "Big 5" of famous animals that everyone should try and tick off their list. When you are next travelling to Alaska make sure to take a tour, for your chance to glimpse some of these amazing creatures.
Alaska contains 98% of the US Brown Bear Population and they also contain a large number of Black Bears. Brown Bears are a more common sight with them found through out the state while Black Bears are more rare but they can come in a few different shades of colours such as black, brown, cinnamon and even a rare blue shade. Though Bears may be considered a nuisance to the locals, anyone visiting would love to catch a glimpse of the Brown Bear or the much smaller Black Bear.
The Alaskan subspecies of Moose is the largest in the World and though there is an abundance of them in the state, the population is still controlled by natural predators such as bears and wolves, as well as hunters. But because of their numbers Moose are a common sight, and are often seen feeding and grazing along the State's highways.
Though the rest of the world may call them Reindeer, the Alaskan's only refer to domesticated Caribou as Reindeer. They are generally found in tundra and mountain regions, where there are few trees and are large-scale migratory animals, known to travel up to 50 miles a day. Though the Alaskan Natives depend on Caribou for food there are still an estimated 950,000 in the State.
There are two subspecies of Wolves in Alaska, the Northwestern Wolf and the Arctic Wolf. Wolves are found throughout the mainland of Alaska and most of the major islands of the southeast. The Arctic Wolves are less common but the Northwestern Wolf can be seen throughout the state and there is approximately one wolf per 25 square miles. In recent years there has been efforts to control the wolf population but it has been a source of controversy in the State.
5. Dall Sheep
Dall Sheep live, rest and feed all in the rocky terrain and steep, inclined land of the mountain regions of Alaska. Sometimes they are seen below their usually high elevation but only when their food is scare otherwise they will be avoiding predators and humans up high. Alaska contains a good size population of Dall sheep, and they are commonly sighted in the eastern and western sides of Denali National Park.