Outdoors

After a visitor tried to bring a pet goat into Denali National Park and Preserve, the National Park Service proposed a ban on domestic sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas in Alaska's national parks. 

Megan Edge

With Southcentral Alaska’s snow-sparse winter coming to a close, volunteers and skiers at Arctic Valley made the most of what little snow they had to celebrate the 11th annual Merry Marmot Festival.

Loren Holmes
A video shows a grizzly bear at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana, basically beating the snot out of an Esky cooler, but the bear can't get it open. Alaska Dispatch News
To grow an impressive display of antlers, Alaska's moose or caribou must consume massive amounts of calcium. Since they eat mostly green plants, calcium consumption can be limited. Calcium for antlers is drawn in large part from the animals’ bodies.John Schandelmeier
I’ve heard Nevada described as “Poor Man’s Alaska," which on one hand draws a good connection between the two places but on the other hand sells Nevada short. That’s OK by me. I don’t want people to find out about how awesome Nevada is.Alli Harvey
Crews who have begun the yearly clearing of the 92-mile road into Denali National Park and Preserve are expecting to deal with less snow than usual this year and more overflow ice, National Park Service officials said.Associated Press
A 21-year-old woman was hiking the popular trail system south of Anchorage when she became stranded on a rock bed and called authorities for assistance. Megan Edge
Jeff Oatley and Jay Petervary were the first finishers of the 1,000-mile event in the Iditarod Trail Invitational, pedaling from Knik to Nome in 15 days, 6 hours and 29 minutes.Matt Tunseth

For the last 31 years, Phil Nuechterlein and his wife have been leading pack llamas through Alaska’s state and national parks. But recently, that lifestyle was in jeopardy.

Tara Young
The Alaska Air National Guard and Alaska State Troopers on Saturday came to the aid of a man who fell into a crevasse on Eureka Glacier.Associated Press