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A giant Pacific octopus named Dot laid thousands of eggs this fall at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, but that means her days are numbered. 

Megan Edge

Orphaned in Galena this fall, three black bear cubs discover the joys of playing in snow for the first time. The triplets will be moved to a sanctuary in Colorado.

Megan Edge
Three Galena black bear cubs finally have a home. The triplets, orphaned during the first weeks of September, will be sent to a wildlife sanctuary in Colorado, said the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.Megan Edge
The population of Farewell plains bison in Southwest Alaska is the highest biologists have seen in years, says the state Department of Fish and Game. Megan Edge
When Bruce Batten looked out his window and onto his second-floor porch in Eagle River early Friday, he didn’t expect to see a black bear maneuvering up the steps. He also didn’t expect to see it grab ahold of his new bird feeder and begin devoured the seeds encased within.Tegan Hanlon
Three black bear cubs, orphaned in the first weeks of September, spent two weeks alone before the Alaska Department of Fish and Game captured them. Since then, they've been in Anchorage waiting for a new home. But finally, things are "looking good" for the bears. Megan Edge
“You don’t have time to think,” said Michael Snowden, describing the bear mauling he survived near Kodiak Tuesday. “You’re not necessarily thinking that you’re going to die, but I don’t know what keeps you thinking you’re going to live either.”Tegan Hanlon
One of two hunters hauling a deer on an island north of Kodiak was attacked by a bear Tuesday, and the man's hunting partner had to kill the sow -- and later, what may have been one of its cubs -- before the mauling victim could be airlifted out by Coast Guard helicopter.Tegan Hanlon
While humans in the Last Frontier put the studs on their cars and indulge in fall activities, park rangers at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve say porcupines there are keeping busy in their own way.Megan Edge

New evidence suggests that the wasting disease that has killed off millions of starfish from California to Alaska has been caused by a virus found in sea stars since the 1940s. It's unclear if the illness is part of a natural cycle or if other causes are to blame, but the disease is still spreading.

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