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One of Alaska's greatest resources is its wildlife, which is one of the top reasons families put Juneau on their itineraries. Using the city of Juneau as a base, families can explore and experience the surrounding area's rich wildlife and create memories that will last a lifetime. Among the types of wildlife common to the Juneau area are several species of whales including both humpbacks and orcas. From April to November hundreds of humpbacks migrate to Alaska's coastal waters, putting on an exhilarating show for all those lucky enough to see them. Juneau offers several whale watching excursions that are perfect for families.
Bears are also common in the Juneau region. People have been known to run into small black bears on the outskirts of the city; these bears are very shy and generally pose no threat to humans. To see larger brown bears, visitors can travel by air to the nearby Kootznoowoo Wilderness Area which is home to more than 1,600 of the animals.
Rarely seen in the lower 48 states, one of the favorite wildlife sightings for Juneau visitors are its bald eagles. Southeastern Alaska is home to more than 20,000 of the birds and they can often be seen perched at the top of trees near the water's edge looking for prey.