Animals often stand as a symbol of Alaska, and in 2014, they were the stars of many stories.
There were wildlife rarities, adorable pups and heartbreaking tales as human and beast attempted to co-exist on the Last Frontier.
Some stories pulled at readers' heartstrings, like the pair of black bear cubs captured on camera prancing around Anchorage's Goose Lake with their mother the day before she was euthanized by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Other stories captured unusual wildlife moments -- like the Katmai grizzly sow who adopted an orphaned cub and was dubbed a "supermom."
#3 Photos: Black bear family's last afternoon
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