Springtime also has the added benefit of babies. Not just millions of baby blood-sucking mosquitoes, but also bear cubs and moose calves.
We have had two injuries due to charging sows (mother bears protecting their cubs) and one due to a bear vs. vehicle collision. Because of the proximity of the wilderness, it is not uncommon to have bears showing up on your back porch, crossing the highway or even trying to get into your garbage. Mother bears are extremely protective, even when their babies are not being threatened.
Mama bears are not the only springtime mothers we see. There are more than 1000 moose living within Anchorage city limits, and moose encounters are actually more prevalent than bears. Alaska has an average of 25 moose trampling injuries a year, and some of these are considered work-related, especially with employees out in the field.
Moose vs. vehicle accidents occur year-round in Alaska and because of their size 10 percent of those accidents result in the death of a driver or passenger.
In compiling this list of Alaskan animal injuries I actually found I had more than anticipated. Next time we will get to know all about summertime sled dog bites, attacking seagulls and the occasional small water craft vs. whale encounter.