I did meet several grizzlies and wolves while out running, but they lumbered off as soon as they caught my scent.
Truckers call pepper spray "seasoning" for the bears. I agree. Air horns are the way to go.
I encountered quite a few porcupines on my runs. They're just giant rodents with quills and are not too bright.
They say the mosquito is Alaska’s state bird, and it’s true. June and July they terrorized us. You either bathed in DEET or wore a full-body mesh net. Caribou have been killed by these bugs: the caribou run to get away from the swarms during the summer and die of heat exhaustion. The mosquito pictured below soon met its end after this photo was taken.
The dogs are especially miserable. Poor Shaggy.
Come July wild, succulent blueberries and lingonberries (wild cranberry) covered the forest floor and mountain slopes. I could walk 5 feet from my tent and pick a bucket-full.
Lots of edible mushrooms and unintelligent spruce grouse. You can only eat them during the summer when they eat bugs and grass, because during the winter they feed on spruce needles, and the meat develops a bitter taste.