A solid, sickening thump could be heard on impact, and left a motorcyclist wondering if her riding partner and husband was seriously hurt, or worse after a collision with an Alaska moose.

Yonah Lempert Luecken

A cow moose and her twin calves wander Turnagain on Thursday, October 22, 2015, in West Anchorage. 

Erik Hill
A brown bear cub that collapsed in front of a popular web cam in Katmai National Park and Preserve and later died was killed by canine adenovirus, an infection also found in cats, dogs, and wolves, a national lab in Wisconsin found. Officials still don't know what killed another brown bear, this one an adult, who, days later, also died in front of the camera.Hannah Colton | KDLG

A magpie flies around inside the Z.J. Loussac Library in Anchorage, AK on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Library staff believes the magpie entered the building through the construction area on Sunday Nov. 15. The library is under-going renovation. Staff have propped a window open and placed food near the window in hopes of luring it outside. They are hoping it will exit when the weather warms up. The magpie is not causing any problems except for the staff having to clean up after it. Two magpies were inside the library in October and they left through the open window.

Bob Hallinen

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has a new addition in the polar bear den. A cub weighing 1.5 pounds is being tended to by zoo staff after her mother stopped caring for her last week.

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Kayla is a Eurasian wolverine, a subspecies distinct from the North American wolverine. She joins Kasper, a male wolverine who was brought to the center from Norway.Laurel Andrews,Bob Hallinen
The unexplained death of a bear cub last month in Katmai National Park and Preserve might have gone unnoticed -- if it hadn't happened in front of the camera of a popular webcam. Then, hours after a park service staff retrieved the cub's body for a necropsy, a second bear -- an adult this time -- mysteriously died as viewers looked on.Hannah Colton | KDLG
Goshawks are one of the larger hawks and judging by the number of young birds in the Delta Junction and Paxson areas, they’ve had a successful breeding season.  Goshawks do well in areas with heavy cover so the Delta area is ideal habitat.John Schandelmeier
Get up. Get outdoors. Have a look around. Here's a list of even more family-friendly winter activities to enjoy.Jill Burke
Peter Williams of Sitka is a hunter-designer-entrepreneur with an unusual ethic. “My business is not separate from my activism,” he said. “It’s not separate from my spirituality, it’s not separate from my culture.” Ross Perlin