Winter Dispatches: Tracking the Wild Ones

Wildlife viewing around Alaska’s biggest city gains fresh dimension once the snow flies.

Moose are common in Southcentral Alaska and can be seen year round from the mountains backing Anchorage to the city’s greenbelts, parks and neighborhoods. ©Ken Marsh

By Ken Marsh

Lit by morning stars and a bright gibbous moon, the first tracks leaped out within a few steps of the trailhead. A short-tailed weasel, or ermine as they’re called when their coats turn snow-white for winter, had bounced back and forth across the trail, hunting…