KODIAK -- Wildlife viewing, one of Alaska's top attractions, is an
activity that should be done within guidelines created to minimize
the impact on the creatures being viewed and on the viewer.
Bears, for example, are not by nature a threat to humans, but
they can become agitated, aggressive and dangerous when they are
disturbed or surprised.
Viewers should take no chances.
Here, courtesy of Kodiak Island Ultimate Adventures, are a few
tips to make the viewing of wildlife safer and more enjoyable.
* Always observe all wild animals from a safe distance.
Use binoculars and employ long-range camera lenses for
* Be alert and avoid sudden movements.
* Avoid surprising bears; make plenty of noise as you move
through areas they might inhabit.
* Do not come between any wild creature and its young.
* Never leave food for wild animals.
* Stick to the trails laid out by your guides.
* Dispose of all garbage and leftover foodstuffs properly in
order to avoid attracting and, possibly, causing damage wild
* Do not attempt to handle or to "adopt" wild animals that might
appear to be lost or orphaned.