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.
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.
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 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
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
Telluride, Colorado, ski legend Peter Inglis -- "PI" to his friends -- had just reached the top of what he thought was a 7,000-foot Chugach Mountains ridge in eastern Alaska on Wednesday when the snow beneath him gave way and he fell to his death.Craig Medred