Time for us to move on! Hope you liked our journey through some of the wonderful places in Alaska! There is much more to see, and we are hoping to come back one day, and hoping even more that human activity wont spoil this wonderful place too much! For more pictures from Alaska trip pls visit us at wildlife-reporter@facebook ! Remember to visit as many national parks as possible, to take as many pictures as possible, and to share!
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Seward is a city in Kenai Peninsula (Alaska), better known to Americans for the 1964 tsunami. Not far away, with access to Exit Glacier (one of the most accessible glaciers in Alaska to human access), you can enjoy wonderful sights of marine wildlife in Kenai Fjords National Park! In a sunny August day we had the chance to spot orca whales, blue whales, sea lions, otters, but also many beautiful sea birds and mountain goats on nearby mountain cliffs! What a wonderful experience, highly recommended!
Kodiak archipelago is home to a giant bear, a coastal sub-species which due to isolation from mainland and abundant food grew much larger than its continental grizzly cousin. It is known that it can reach 1000 kg, although due to trofee hunting, I doubt you can find such bear today. Best way to see them is at river side during salmon run season (Jul-Aug), and to get there you need to book a flight with one of the local operators. Main Kodiak island is quite small, but can accommodate 3000 bears, with hunting quota being 10% per year (trophy hunting is biased towards killing large males and hunting large males disrupts the social order of bear populations, almost invariably resulting in more cub-killing by males, disruption of foraging by females, as well as unexpected and problematic population declines – full study here).
If you get the chance to visit, take a walk on Barometer Mountain trail, very close to airport, sometimes bears can be in the area! If you have more time, we highly recommend booking a week long trip with a biologist for a tent excursion in the wild, one in a life time opportunity (booking highly in advance needed)!
Denali is home to around 200 grizzly bears (not much at all), and we had the chance to see at least 12 in our tour, all being busy looking for food before coming winter. Also being already used to sight of tourist buses, they did not shy away from the curious cameras.
The bad news we learned is that local authorities (made up in majority by licensed hunters) allow shooting any bear crossing the invisible border of Denali park! Outraging…A full impact of indiscriminate grizzly hunting has a full range of indirect impacts on entire bear population in the area, more to read study HERE
All over United States, where this majestic animal still has a presence, there is more and more pressure from hunting lobby, with devastating impact on the grizzly population. More to read in this Article
Denali, the entrance in the park (by means of special safari bus only, with online pre-booking) and some of its residents: porcupines and caribous. The female moose we encountered was lower ground next to touristic area, the explanation is because she preferred the company of people to avoid encounters with bears, to protect her baby, which was waiting in the next-by bushes but we couldn’t film. The same lake where the female moose was feeding was also home to a beever, which ventured on the shore for an evening snack (its favor tree bark)! To continue…
I couldn’t think at better way to start our journey than with Alaska, truly a last frontier, home to many national parks, wild places and animals! First visit was in Denali National Park and Preserve, where after a free of charge 2 hours introduction walk into the nearby forest led by a forest ranger, we already got to see a male mouse and some dall sheep! We couldn’t believe it was real! To continue…