Alaska Wildlife Refuge is the first sanctuary in the United States dedicated to the protection of wildlife in the state, and the first wildlife refuge in the US dedicated to wildlife conservation, said the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Council.
“It is truly the best wildlife refuge, and in the words of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, ‘one of the most beautiful in the country’,” said Al Jazeera’s Mark Pellington.
The US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has declared the sanctuary a national park and has awarded it the designation as a refuge for endangered species.
“This is a unique, remarkable place that has the opportunity to offer refuge to an extraordinary number of wildlife,” said USFWS Director Michael Mann.
“Alaska has a rich, diverse and dynamic ecosystem, and a variety of wildlife species.
These include the state’s most important and most threatened wildlife species – wolves, grizzlies, mountain lions, bobcats, bighorn sheep, and walruses.”
The Alaska Wildlife Reserves are located at the northernmost point of Alaska, in the Tuktoyaktuk River.
“We have this amazing diversity of wildlife, and these are places that we want to protect,” said Alannah Gaffney, a wildlife conservation specialist with the Alaska State Department of Fish and Game.
“You have bears, wolves, moose, bears, moors, foxes, owls, bobcat, raccoons, raccoon dogs, bobtail cats, squirrels, skunks, ground squirrels and a myriad of other species.”
It’s an amazing place and we are proud to be here,” Gaffneys said.
We are proud of our efforts to protect our state’s wild bears,” the department said in a statement. “
There are only four states with the distinction of having more wild bears than Alaska.
We are proud of our efforts to protect our state’s wild bears,” the department said in a statement.
Al Jazeera and The Irish Star’s Arne Stahl reporting from Anchorage, Alaska, and James Waugh reporting from Alaska.