This handsome fellow is dubbed Wile E. by the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center staff. He was named after the famed coyote that got outwitted by a roadrunner bird, time and time again, in “The Road Runner” cartoons (1940s–1960s). Wile E. lives in the brown bear enclosure at the Center and is normally quite elusive. On the day of our visit, he ventured out just a few brief moments to check us out. We never did see any of the bears!
Here’s the tender background story that the staff told us about Wile E. He came to the Center as an abandoned pup and was raised to adulthood. Then they decided to release him back into the wild. Wile E. must have decided that life was pretty good at the Center, because he showed back up several months later and managed to get back in the enclosure. They never did figure out how he managed these feats. This was the only home he knew, so he found a way!
This is the last of my series Wildlife Wonders of Alaska series. I hope you have enjoyed seeing photos of many of God’s great creatures!