Alaska is home to some of the world's most dangerous animals, roaming one of the country's major frontiers. It's a land untamed and largely untrodden, spanning 663,000 square miles between the Arctic Ocean and the untamed North Pacific. Continue reading to find out about the various animals that can be found in Alaska's wilderness!
1. Polar Bear
The polar bear is one of Alaska's most dangerous animals! They dwarf even the mighty grizzly, with a massive size that can see the greatest male specimens weighing in at a vehicle, smashing 770 kg. Polar bears also have robust, spiky canines and 42 internal teeth, as well as unusual adaptations such as fatty tissue and scooped claws, which allow them to hunt like pros on the ice.
Wolverines are well-known for their ferocious nature and active den defense. They can readily take down prey 10 times their size despite weighing only 40 pounds. The wolverine has enormous, sharp claws, similar to its X-Men counterpart. It utilizes these claws to climb trees and burrow as well as to attack. They are fearless and have been known to fight against larger predators to protect a kill.
Walruses are the undisputed King of the Arctic, reaching heights of 16 feet and weighing in at over 4,000 pounds. Small boats or kayaks that go too close to the shore are the most common targets for human attacks. Last year, a female walrus drowned a tiny Russian boat after her pups were approached. There have even been accounts of them breaking through the ice to assault a hunting team. Hundreds of thousands of them swarm along Alaska's shores during migration, packing the frigid sea and shorelines. It's understandable why the locals respect the personal space of these herds.
4. Grizzly Bear
The huge and ferocious grizzly bear is native to Alaska's whole region. Since this grizzly bear has no fear of humans, confrontations with them can be extremely dangerous. They are ferociously territorial and will attack without warning if you get too close. While a Black Bear would not generally consider a human to be food, the grizzly bear does not give us such a pass. Although attacks are uncommon, they have been known to attack and eat humans on occasion.
Male moose can have antlers that are over 6 feet wide and weigh well over 1,500 pounds. Imagine being hit by a Volkswagen Beetle with horns. If you are on the ground, moose may charge, kick with their front hooves, or stomp on you. It can reach speeds of up to 35 mph while charging. Even so, you're better off fleeing if a moose charges you. If you can, try to put a tree between you and the moose. Better yet, hide in a building or a car.
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