Outdoors

From hiking, to riding a zipline to flightseeing to fishing for elusive steelhead or king salmon, it's not too early to start enjoying an Alaska spring and summer outdoors. 

Lisa Maloney
Winter activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are fading in Denali National Park. But more animals – including Dall sheep, moose, caribou, coyote, lynx and golden eagles – have been spotted.Alaska Dispatch News

Since the late 1980s, the State of Alaska has acquired six once-private parcels in and adjacent to the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge through purchases and donations. Several additional parcels were gained in trades with the Mat-Su Borough. A bill winding its way through the legislature seeks to add these parcels, totaling 3,000 acres, to the refuge.

Rick Sinnott
Even hardcore hunters are more appreciative of the hunt than the actual take. In its natural form, the outdoors is an irresistible attraction. This attraction is what draws me, and others, to the zoo.  We can’t get out to experience the wild first hand so we take this questionable second choice. John Schandelmeier
The annual black bear harvest more than quadrupled after the Whittier Tunnel opened. In the 1990s, it was fewer than 200 a year. But by the mid-2000s, it was up to nearly 600 some years. Under such hunting pressure, the take of female bears really started climbing.Riley Woodford
The Coast Guard reported the rescue of a 55-year-old woman Saturday who’d gone missing from a lodge whose operators became worried after her dog returned without her.Jerzy Shedlock
Six members of the Anchorage advisory committee plan to leave, saying their advice to Alaska's Game Board and Fish Board is consistently ignored.Zaz Hollander
The Annenberg Foundation, the Alaska SeaLife Center, the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium of Tacoma, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, the Milwaukee-based Oceans of Fun, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, and the Pacific Walrus Conservation Fund are helping fund operations at the Alaska’s Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary.Craig Medred

Gov. Bill Walker declared a state disaster Tuesday afternoon for flooding on the Dalton Highway near Alaska’s North Slope that has shut down the sole road to Prudhoe Bay.

Laurel Andrews
If you're feeling bold, try making your own Gorp, Larabars or granola bars to ensure you've got enough energy for your next hike, run or ski. But if you're crunched for time, peanut M&Ms may have to do. Alli Harvey