Range and Habitat Brown bears (Ursus arctos), also known as grizzlies , occur throughout Alaska except on islands south of Frederick Sound in southeast Alaska , west of Unimak in the Aleutian Chain, and Bering Sea islands.
Bear attacks on the rise During the study period, 68 people were hospitalized as a result of 66 bear attacks in Alaska . This means there were an average of just under four hospitalizations from bear attacks each year and indicates that bear attacks account for roughly 8.6 hospitalizations out of every 10,000.
The Top 10 Most Dangerous Animals in Alaska #8 Stellar Sea Lions. #7 Wolverines. #6 Walrus. #5 Black Bear . #4 Wolves. #3 Grizzly Bear . #2 Moose . It’s easy to think of Bullwinkle and write the moose off as innocuous gentle creatures wandering aimlessly through the woods. #1 Polar Bears . Arguably the king and certainly largest of the bear family is the Polar Bear .
Alaska is bear country and one of the few places in the world where all three species of North American bears live. You may have a chance to see a bear in Alaska . Many bears live in Alaska and many people enjoy the outdoors, but surprisingly few people see bears and only a few of those are ever threatened by a bear .
Bears . Truly man – eating bear attacks are uncommon, but are known to occur when the animals are diseased or natural prey is scarce, often leading them to attack and eat anything they are able to kill. In July 2008, dozens of starving brown bears killed two geologists working at a salmon hatchery in Kamchatka.
Alaska is home to an estimated 7,000 to 11,000 wolves . Wolves have never been threatened or endangered in Alaska .
Alaska has always been considered to be outside the lions ‘ range, but with mountain lion populations increasing in many western states and Canada, that could change. Although it’s unlikely a breeding population is established in Alaska , there’s evidence the cats are making forays into the state.
Bears wounded with an arrow, knife, or firearm may intensify the attack , and killing a bear charging at full speed is difficult at best. If you shoot a bear in self-defense, leave the scene as soon as it is safe, and report the incident to Fish, Wildlife & Parks immediately. If attacked , use your bear spray.
Fatal black bear attacks on humans are so rare — more so than any other species of bear — that they occur on average of once per year across North America, Garshelis said. In addition, about one black bear out of 1 million will attack a human in a predatory manner, Rogers said.
Black bears inhabit most of Alaska’s forests. Bears are curious, intelligent and potentially dangerous animals, but undue fear of bears can endanger both bears and people. Many bears are killed each year by people who are afraid of them.
Polar bears occur throughout the northern polar region. In the winter, polar bears in Alaska are found as far south as St. Lawrence Island and occasionally move down to St. In the summer, bears are most abundant around the edge of the pack ice in the Chukchi Sea and Arctic Ocean.
Black bears (Ursus americanus) are the most abundant and widely distributed of the three species of North American bears . An estimated 100,000 black bears inhabit Alaska . Black bears often have brown muzzles and some also have a patch of white hair on their chest.