The great state of Alaska is crawling with wildlife. Each clue below describes one of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife species. See how many animals you can guess based on the clues below. Play against your friends to see who gets the most right! Answers are listed at the bottom of the page.
1. I spy with my little eye… the largest member of the deer family. I can weigh up to 1,600 pounds and enjoy feeding on willow, birch and aspen leaves as well as twigs and bushes. The color of my fur ranges from brown to black, and I can live up to 16 years in the wild. What am I?
2. I spy with my little eye… a very distinctive and colorful beak. I am black and white all over and although am built for swimming, I can also fly. I can be found in Southeast, Southcentral and Southwest Alaska along the coasts. In the summer I prefer to feed on fish, including herring and capelin, and I can hold multiple fish at one time in my beak. When the winter season approaches, I generally feed on zooplankton in the North Pacific Ocean. What am I?
3. I spy with my little eye… scales! I attract visitors to the state each year. I hatch in fresh water and spend part of my life in the ocean. I can weigh over 100 pounds and feed on herring, pilchard, sandlance, squid, and crustaceans. I can travel more than 2,000 river miles over 60 days to return to my home streams. What am I?
4. I spy with my little eye… Alaska’s largest bird of prey. I have a wingspan up to 7.5 feet long and weigh between eight and 14 pounds. I feed on fish, squirrels, raccoons, and rabbits and am often found along Alaska’s coast, offshore islands, and Interior lakes and rivers. I have one mate for life and often admired for my beauty. I am typically identified by my wings and can live up to 20 years old in the wild. What am I?
5. I spy with my little eye… a creature that can run faster than Usain Bolt. I can be found almost anywhere in the state of Alaska. My fur color ranges from dark brown to light blonde and I weigh an average of 600 pounds. I have prominent shoulders and long, straight claws that can grow up to three to four inches long. I am an omnivore and can be found eating salmon, berries, insects, squirrels, moose, and caribou in the summer. I have an average lifespan of 20-25 years. What am I?
1. Answer: moose
2. Answer: puffin
3. Answer: king salmon
4. Answer: bald eagle
5. Answer: grizzly bear