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Raising reindeer is nothing new to Alaska, but in recent years interest in the animals has surged among young people, raising hopes for increased food security and jobs in some of the state's remote regions.

Suzanna Caldwell
Reported cases of avian flu in Washington and Oregon have caused Alaska officials to warn waterfowl hunters to exercise caution when handling game, and to report any sick animals. No reports have emerged yet in the state.Megan Edge
Between three and 13 wolves were lingering in or around the village in Alaska's Northwest Arctic, according to estimates from residents. Locals blame poor snow cover, which is making it hard for the wolves to hunt caribou, their usual prey. Jillian Rogers

Two unrelated black bear cubs are getting acclimated to life in captivity and to one another at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage before being shipped to a new home in Texas. Until their 2015 departure, the zoo will be allowing the public to view the duo. 

Megan Edge
Two unrelated black bear cubs are getting acclimated to life in captivity and to each other at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage before being shipped to a new home in Texas. Until their 2015 departure, the zoo will be allowing the public to view them. Megan Edge
U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials made an unusual discovery hidden away inside luggage bound for China as it passed through Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport -- more than 200 live baby turtles.Sean Doogan

Inspectors with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service made an unusual discovery at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in September: more than 200 live baby turtles.

Sean Doogan
Federal officials on Tuesday proposed designating an area more than twice the size of California as critical habitat to protect ringed seals, animals dependent on dwindling Arctic sea ice and snow for their survival. Yereth Rosen
The National Marine Fisheries Service has decided not to list a prized 6-inch Pacific marine snail -- once commercially harvested in Alaska -- as endangered or threatened.Associated Press
A new type of bat has been discovered in Alaska, and no one even had to explore a cave to find it.Yereth Rosen

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