Alaska is a part of the United States of America, but it is undeniably different than anywhere else in this country. Life is full of natural wonders for the people who live here, as they are surrounded by forests and animals that are untouched by civilization. It brings the country back to its roots before the settlers and industrial pioneers tore down the forests to make room for things like factories and roadways.

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Alaska is wild, and so are the number of animals you will spot if you decide to travel to this distant land. The landscape will take your breath away, as will the creatures whose homes you are invading. Keep reading to learn about ren animals you can see in the Alaskan Wilderness!

10 10. Wolverine

These little monsters are mean and can be identified by their thick dark fur covering their bodies. Their claws are retractable, and they can climb trees, so they could literally be hiding anywhere. These animals prefer dens and they have been recorded to move as much as 40 miles in a single day.

They do not attack the larger apex predators of the Alaskan forests, but they are known to protect their territory and food from lowly competitors. Their lifespan is that of a dog, as they generally only live between 5 to 13 years, but they reproduce so much that you are bound to see at least one on your adventure.

9 9. Caribou

Caribou are a unique species as both male and females grow spectacular antlers. They average between 175-lbs and 400-lbs, so it would be best not to provoke one of these monster mammals into charging you. These animals can be found all over the state so it is quite probable you will see at least one if you plan on venturing down a trail at some point.

They tend to move around a lot in herds as they search for various plants to eat. If you happen to stop by during calving season, you might even be lucky enough to hear the vocal calls between a mother and her newborn baby.

8 8. Dall Sheep

These cute little buggers can be found in the Alaskan mountainsides. A trip up to one of the peaks will probably reveal the presence of at least one of these leisurely sheep. They prefer areas with alpine ridges, steep slopes, and meadows for grazing so they have a steady source of food as well as an easy way to escape a predator. These sheep are no small beasts as they can weigh up to 300-lbs, but watch out for Golden Eagles who might take them down for a snack.

7 7. Brown, Black, and Polar Bears

It is important to educate yourself on bear safety and precautions because there are so many living up in Alaska. The black bears are the most abundant, followed by brown bears, and they are also the smallest.

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Black bears can usually be found in the forests across the state, but brown bears seem to hug the southern coast due to their need for salmon. The polar bear population is the smallest, and they generally stick to the northern coast of the state, so most travelers normally don't have a chance to witness these great beasts.

6 6. Muskox

These strange animals are identifiable by their long, stringy hair and the noticeable hump on their backs. They all have horns and can weigh anywhere from 300 to 800 pounds. This species had actually gone extinct in Alaska, but they reintroduced them back in 1930 because they feared they were going extinct.

They have since grown in population, but recent trends indicate they might be in decline yet again. These animals can be found in the northern half of Alaska, so if you plan on heading that way you might be lucky enough to spot these large beasts.

5 5. Lynx

A lynx is a cat, but it is not cute and cuddly like the one you have it home. This feline has thick fur and is identified by the black tufts of fur on its ears. They can weigh as much as a medium-sized dog and their survival depend on the population of the snowshoe hare.

They can be found in the northern part of Alaska, or basically wherever the hare population has been recorded to be that year. These cats might look friendly, but they won't hesitate to protect their innocent young.

4 4. Arctic Fox

These foxes are really tiny and only weight about 10-lbs. They can be identified by their pure white fur that helps them camouflage with their surroundings, but there are some that never grow out of their dark or charcoal-colored fur.

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They prefer to live in treeless areas with a tundra habitat and travel for a living as wandering nomads. These foxes generally follow the path of their prey which includes voles and lemmings. It would be a lucky shot to catch one of these foxes in action, but actually seeing one is unlikely.

3 3. Moose

Moose may not eat meat, but they are still considered one of the more dangerous animals to inhabit Alaska. They can be unpredictable, and a charging moose is nothing to mess with as they tend to weight between 800-lbs and 1,600 lbs.

Moose are fairly prominent across the state, but timberline plateaus are by far their favorite hangout spot. If you are lucky enough to come in September or October, you might witness a few male moose jousting for rights to a mate.

2 2. Porcupine

These prickly mammals are commonly found dead along the side of the roadway, as climbing, not running, is more their specialty. They are covered from head to toe with sharp-tipped quills that they use as a defense mechanism.

If there is a predator nearby, you might hear them scream which you can use as a cue to quickly make your own escape. They can be found all over the state hidden within the forests, but we wouldn't recommend trying to touch one unless you want a hand full of painful spikes.

1 1. Wolf

Wolves are majestic beasts and they can be found on 85% of Alaska's surface. You can find the largest populations in the southern portion of the state where the concentrations of deer are the highest.

These aren't their only source of food as they are also known to eat animals such as moose, beavers, and sheep are also on their list of healthy snacks. It might not be a good idea to try and view them too closely, but a pair of binoculars will show them in action.

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