There can be little doubt that Alaska is one of the United States’ national treasures, a proud addition to the nice, round 50 that make up the Union. What was once considered Seward’s folly (until it sprouted a whole buttload of oil) is now the most beautiful part of the country, a natural, rugged paradise that’s populated by a few intrepid souls who are willing to brave the elements of our northernmost state. Of course, if you’re willing to travel to these wondrous climes, be sure you pay attention to the local rules, because Alaska has some freaking weird ones.
1. Let Our Bears Rest
So, in Alaska, you can absolutely shoot a bear if it’s up and rankled. To save your own life, that’s permitted. However, even if your intent is totally innocent — like getting the perfect photograph — waking a sleeping bear is absolutely against the rules. Honestly, it’s also not the smartest move a person could make.
2. It’s A Freaking Animal, Folks
Among the myriad laws governing the treatment of moose in the state of Alaska (which is the state animal, by the way), it’s completely illegal to feed alcoholic beverages to a moose in Fairbanks. Which is really tough, because there’s nothing like a good beer after a long day of tromping through the forest.