Moose getting a police escort in downtown and bears roaming around neighborhoods as if they're just everyday citizens -- these are some of the things that make you say "only in Alaska."

In no particular order, KTVA looks back on 11 stories from 2017 that are worthy of the title #OnlyInAlaska.

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Though they may look cute, Fish and Game say it a scary situation that doesn't leave them many options. The story of the family of bears who were put to sleep after rummaging through and Eagle River neighborhood. 

Moose video gone viral -- staff at the Department of Fish and Game say the moose's behavior toward the Prius is typical for a rutting bull. In the wilderness, moose will attack trees, but in urban Anchorage, it might be a Prius.

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Gray Whales that visit Alaska are not endangered species, but they are protected. Which means hunting is forbidden. However, the village of Napaskiak made the decision to harvest a grey whale that appeared outside their village, generating a Federal investigation.

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Airports in Alaska, too, are subject to encounters with wildlife. At the Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport in Utqiagvik, they say that finding musk oxen on the runway is part of everyday life. But, when an animal of another kind laid out to sunbathe on the runway Monday, even airport officials were surprised.  


Million dollar views you can only get in Alaska. For $2,300 a night, it can be yours. KTVA's Lauren Maxwell visits the Sheldon Chalet, a dramatic structure perched high on an exposed rocky outcropping of the Ruth Glacier in the middle of the Don Sheldon Amphitheater, surrounded by mountains, including Denali.

As the saying goes, "there's plenty fish in the sea." However, in Seward, that saying is a little different. A flood-prone runway in Seward was immersed by water from the nearby Resurrection River over the summer, leading to its closure after state workers saw fish making their way across it.
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Staying warm and dry was not on the minds of any of the participants at the 2017 Slush Cup at Alyeska. Hundreds of people gathered at Alyeska each year to watch skiers attempt to jump a 90-foot trench filled with near-freezing water.

A cow moose guards the body of a calf on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 near a home on the 3200 block of Wyoming Drive. (Dave Leval/KTVA)
 Some say the mother moose was guarding her dead calf. Others say she's mourning the loss of her baby. This winter, state officials asked residents of a Spenard-area neighborhood to give a cow moose space as it stayed near the body of a calf outside a local home.


Some people have baby showers for their kids, but here in Alaska, we have them for wildlife. After the organization Alaska Moose Mamas took in these two orphaned moose for the season, they reached out to the public to help make their stay a little more comfortable.

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They're the celebrities of Alaska -- if you haven't guessed already, we're talking about our moose. Thanks to Luke Tyler Higgins, the world was able to see a moose and its calf get a police escort by police in downtown Anchorage. 


On the beaches of California you'll find seashells and sand, but here in Alaska, you may find a whale. After this whale carcass washed ashore at Kincaid Beach, dozens of people flocked to the area to check out the huge mammal even though NOAA staff gave a advise people to stay away from the carcass because it can transmit diseases.

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