Range and Habitat In the winter, polar bears in Alaska are found as far south as St. Lawrence Island and occasionally move down to St. Matthew Island and the Kuskokwim Delta. In the summer, bears are most abundant around the edge of the pack ice in the Chukchi Sea and Arctic Ocean.
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Alaska is the only U.S. state with three species of bear : black, brown and polar . Anchorage is part of the natural range for black and brown bears , and the Alaska Zoo is home to several polar bears and an expanding effort to study their life and habitat in the changing Arctic.
Polar bears don’t hang out around Anchorage, Fairbanks or other popular tourist spots. Instead, you’ll need to take a plane ride up to the northernmost parts of the state. The Inupiat Eskimo villages of Barrow and Kaktovik along the Arctic Ocean are the heart of the polar bear tourism industry.
Bears . Polar bears , particularly young and undernourished ones will hunt people for food. 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.
Polar bear attacks on humans are extremely rare, and according to records by James Wilder, out of 73 fatal bear attacks between 1870 and 2014, only 20 have been the result of polar bears . Polar bear attacks can also happen in captivity.
Polar bears catch seals at breathing holes in the ice, so when there’s not enough sea ice, they are at risk of starvation . Now, it seems climate change may rob polar bears in Northern Alaska of their nurseries as well as their hunting grounds.
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.
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 .
Grizzly and polar bears are the most dangerous, but Eurasian brown bears and American black bears have also been known to attack humans .
No Polar Bears do not eat penguins because polar bears live in the arctic region (north pole) while penguins live in Antartica and in the southern hemisphere. As both polar bears and penguins live poles apart so there is no chance for the polar bears to eat penguins .
Most penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere. In fact, this is so true that almost all penguin species are native to the Southern Hemisphere. But not even the Galapagos penguin is in Alaska . It is on the coasts of Africa and parts of mainland South America.
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 .
Alaska is famous for its complete absence of snakes , something most people – especially people from venomous snake country – fully appreciate. There are no lizards, freshwater turtles, or snakes in Alaska . The only reptiles in Alaska are rare sightings of sea turtles.
Moose can generally be found all across the northern forests of North America, Europe, and Russia. In Alaska , moose live in a large area ranging from the Stikine River in Southeast Alaska all the way to the Colville River on the Arctic Slope.