It was a record snow year in Alaska, and while the winter in Homer was hard on our shovels and our backs, we knew it was even harder on the wildlife. Spring came late and it came cold, but nature finds a way to persevere:
What is a hungry young bear to do?
I didn't want to scare him off, but felt it best to send him on his way before he started chewing on the propane line.
Deep winter snow drove moose onto dangerous roadways and buried food sources, and many scrounged tree bark to survive.
Everyone worried that many moose would not survive the winter, let alone have the strength to give birth to healthy babies.
Luckily, there is plenty for Mama moose to eat now, and everyone, animal and human alike, can enjoy the long days of a short Alaskan summer.—Annelisa Neely