Wildlife in Alaska: A complete Guide

Enthusiastic about Wildlife in Alaska? Take a guide with Animals around the globe to learn about the many species of fauna and flora endemic to the state. 

Many visitors venture to Alaska to see the jaw-dropping scenery of unspoiled nature, majestic mountains, glaciers, fjords, crystal clear lakes, waterfalls and the National Parks.

If you want to see wildlife, Alaska should most certainly be a priority on your ‘to see’ list. No matter the destination in Alaska, one may encounter varieties of expansive wildlife.

Black Bear

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.

Polar Bear

In Alaska, they can be found in the Far North and Western Arctic areas, usually on the frozen sea, but sometimes on land near towns like Barrow and Kotzebue.


In Alaskamoose live in a large area ranging from the Stikine River in Southeast Alaska all the way to the Colville River on the Arctic Slope.

Mountain Goat

In Alaska, mountain goats occur throughout the southeastern Panhandle, and north and west along the coastal mountains to Cook Inlet.


Plains bison (Bison bison bison) are the smaller of two subspecies of American bison found in North America, and they are an introduced, rather than native, species in Alaska.

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