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Urban Wildlife in Alaska
 
Female moose standing in the brush
Ryan Hagerty
Moose can be unpredictable.  Never get too close!

Read all about Alaska's urban wildlife and then request your free urban wildlife decal below! 

 

Alaska's urban wildlife deserve our respect and good manners!
We all know that Alaska's wilderness is full of cool animals. But did you know that Alaska's urban areas are also home to lots of fantastic wildlife? Eagles, bears, moose and many other animals call Alaska's cities home. It is important to know how to treat urban wildlife so they will be around to enjoy for many years to come!
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Here are some tips on how to enjoy wildlife in ways that are safe for you and the animals:
  • Enjoy wildlife... quietly and at a distance. Avoid shouting, gesturing or otherwise disturbing animals. Never throw anything, including snowballs, at wild animals. Don’t get carried away with camera shots and do not corner wildlife. If an animal shows signs of being disturbed (ears back, eyes bugged out, hackled back, or alarm cries), give it lots of room.
  • Feed the songbirds... but never moose or waterfowl. Never, absolutely never, feed moose or bears. A “fed animal may soon be a dead animal”. Animals that come to depend on people for food can become unpredictable and dangerous. It is illegal to feed these wild animals in Alaska. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game encourages people to feed songbirds; many of these species are on the decline throughout the nation. However, please do NOT feed Canada Geese or ducks. Feeding these animals may interrupt their migration and encourage dependence on humans. What humans feed animals may not be healthy for them; their natural environment provides them with the healthiest food.
  • Keep wildlife undisturbed... leash & fence your pet. Leave your pet at home or in your vehicle. Pets can chase wildlife, dig up nests, kill baby animals, or lead an angry mother or father back to you. A wild animal may injure or kill your pet in protection of its life or territory.
  • Animals & humans need it clean... pick up litter. Carry out all the trash you hike with. Animals may try to eat discarded litter. Garbage attracts bears; keep a clean campsite. Litter can also entangle or trap wildlife, especially fishing line.
  • Help wild parents... avoid nesting areas. Respect mothers with young. Limit your time viewing young animals to 5-10 minutes. You may be keeping a parent from warming its eggs or offspring. Wild animals can be fiercely protective of their young. Never get between a mother and its babies.

Also learn about Bear Safety!
We may see animals like moose and birds more often in our backyards, but in Alaska it's always possible we may run into a bear! Learn how to behave around bears by visiting our Bear Safety for Kids page, and by watching the very funny Bear Safety Video.

 



Urban wildlife sticker featuring a moose, goose, and squirrel.

Request a FREE Urban Wildlife sticker here! 
Just fill in the information on the form below and click "Make a Label". Next, click "Send Now"; your email account will open and you just have to click "send".  

You can also email your request to us directly. Please include your name and mailing address, and use the subject line "Urban Wildlife Info". Send your request to ANCH_Web_Mail@nps.gov.

If you would rather send a letter requesting a sticker, please include your name and address, and specifically mention that you are requesting an Urban Wildlife sticker. Send your request to:

Alaska Public Lands Information Center
605 West 4th Ave. Suite 105
Anchorage, AK 99501



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