Alaska wildlife viewing opportunities abound this summer

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Anchorage WildlifeAny Alaska resident knows that you don’t have to go to the zoo to get up close and personal with wildlife. Anchorage offers a multitude of opportunities to view local wildlife—often without even trying!

So where can you find the best viewing spots for wildlife?

Dall sheep: Find these sheep at Turnagain Arm and Windy Point (the only location in the world where you can see the sheep near the road at sea level).

Bears: All three species of North American bears live in Alaska. Try out a bear viewing charter to Kodiak Island or Katmai National Park. You can also find bears in Chugach State Park, Denali National Park, and Redoubt Bay.

Birds: Visit the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, home to over 200 species of birds, including bald eagles, trumpeter swans, and Canada geese.

Beluga whales: You might spot Beluga whales around Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm. To see orca, gray, and humpback whales, try a glacier and wildlife cruise from Whittier or Seward.

Caribou: Find caribou at the Denali State Park, Denali National Park & Preserve, and alongside Denali Highway, and in the Kenai area.

Summer is a great time to grab your binoculars and camera lenses and get outdoors to watch our amazing local wildlife! Remember that wild animals are just that: wild. Don’t try to approach, feed, or pet the animals.

We hope you have a safe and happy summer. To find out more about viewing opportunities, visit

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About Jenn Messick

I am an attorney practicing at M/V Alaska Law, an Anchorage, AK law firm helping clients all throughout Alaska navigate legal issues in divorce, family law, probate, and bankruptcy. I'm an outdoors person who enjoys hiking, skiing, hunting, spending time with family, and the beautiful scenery in Alaska. Jenn Messick's Google+ Profile

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