Wildlife in Anchorage
Anchorage is bear country. Learn to be safe outdoors. Your safety, and that of the bears and other trail users, depends on it.
Below are tips to keep you safe in bear country:
- Buddy up. You are safer in a group.
- Make Noise. This will prevent you from surprising a bear.
- Use your senses to stay aware. No headphones!
- Carry bear spray. Have it accessible and know how to use it.
- Don’t feed bears. Handle food, fish and attractants responsibly.
- Slow down. High speed equals high risk in bear habitat.
- Leash your pets. Off-leash pets can bring bears back to you.
- Never run from a bear!
For more bear safety information go to http://www.alaskabears.alaska.gov/
This webpage is designed to provide information on our urban wildlife, their natural areas of habitat and to facilitate the reporting of bears within the Municipality. The Anchorage Bear Committee encourages you to use this safety information to become informed before your next outing in bear country. Should you see a bear that may pose a danger to humans, report your findings on the electronic forms provided. This information is used to inform decision-makers on bear and wildlife related issues and is not made available to the pubic for a variety of reasons.
Moose on the Loose
Know Before You Go
There are many moose in Alaska and many live in Anchorage. Learn to be safe outdoors. Your safety, and that of the moose and other trail users, depends on it.
Below are tips to keep you safe around moose:
- Make lots of noise; we want moose to be aware of humans.
- Keep dogs on a leash. Dogs close to moose may aggravate them.
- Most moose are more aggressive in calving (spring), and mating (fall), seasons. However, they can be aggressive any time of year.
- Don’t ever come between a cow and its calf.
- Mountain bikers should avoid single track trails from mid-May through late June, while calves are young and cows are very protective.
- Aggravated moose have their ears laid back, the hair on their neck standing up, and they may start licking their lips.
- If a moose charges, get something between you (like a tree or car).
- Don’t feed the moose. It habituates them, it is against the law, and is very dangerous.
For more information on moose, go to Alaska Department of Fish and Game's site on basic moose life history, range, habitat and more.
You can also visit Alaska Department of Fish and Game "Living with Moose" site.
This webpage was created by the Moosekateers, a First Lego League Robotics team. You can find more information about the group here.
We created this to provide information on our urban wildlife, their natural areas of habitat and to educate the public so encounters between moose and people can be a safe, pleasant experience for both. We encourage you to use this safety information to become informed before your next trip into areas shared with moose.