A week into December, brown bears remain astir in Kodiak. But at least the Dumpster-diving bruins haven't been aggressive towards people. "There's no reason for people to be scared," says Alaska biologist Nate Szoboda.
Once-domestic cattle abandoned on two islands within the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge have gone wild and trampled habitat, and federal managers are asking the public for possible solutions.Yereth Rosen
Avian cholera is unrelated to human cholera, and has probably been in Alaska for eons, quietly causing die-offs in birds when large number of waterfowl congregate. Once infected, birds die within 24 hours.Alex DeMarban
Bethel residents are being treated to a unique sight: musk oxen congregating near the Western Alaska hub community. But Alaska State Troopers are warning curious citizens to keep their distance.Suzanna Caldwell
A National Park Service official called a recent statement by the chair of the Alaska Board of Game "unfortunate." An apparent decline in Denali National Park wolf numbers can't be due to a drop in moose and caribou populations.Alex DeMarban
Conservation groups say there's a connection, but the Alaska Board of Game chairman argues the drop in wolf numbers appears to be related to a drop in prey in the park -- moose, caribou and sheep -- rather than trapping.Alex DeMarban
Hundreds of crested auklets, cormorants and other seabirds have washed up dead on the shores of Alaska's St. Lawrence Island. Though some worry radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant was responsible, recent strong winter storms are more likely to blame for the birds' demise.Alex DeMarban