Look out for...

WILDLIFE: Creatures in the wild are fun to watch, but must be treated with respect, for your safety and their protection. Animal signs are everywhere and can add interest to your park visit. Look for tracks, signs of feeding (nibbled branches, chewed bark) and animal droppings. They will all help tell you which animals are nearby.

Photographer with caribou Bears are unpredictable and should always be considered dangerous. Keep your campsite clean and wash food odors from your hands and clothing. Never take food into your tent. Put garbage in the proper containers or take it out of the park with you. More information on bears safety.

Beavers and their lodges abound in Alaska's lakes, ponds and streams. A quiet observer can watch these beautiful animals go about their work.

Moose feed on young birch and other tender vegetation. Do not approach moose. They can be very dangerous, especially females with their young. Keep a respectful distance.

Other animals seen in state parks are caribou, Dall sheep, mountain goats, wolves and many of the smaller mammals such as foxes, porcupines, marmots and lynx.

Nesting water birds are fascinating to observe. Ducks, geese, swans and other birds are beautiful. Watch, take pictures, but please don't disturb.
Moose feeding in pond
Bald eagles can be seen in great numbers in many of our parks. Watch for this majestic bird near salmon streams, but do not enter feeding areas.

Willow ptarmigan, Alaska's state bird, can be spotted in all seasons unless their camouflage works too well. Look for a mottled, brown bird in the summer and a snow-white one in winter.

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