Crazy Laws in Alaska and Fun Facts

Moose cow nuzzling Moose bull
Moose cow nuzzling Moose bull | Source

Crazy Laws in Alaska and Fun Facts

Did you read about the crazy law in Alabama stating that it is illegal to marry any animal that is not already a relation? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Wait ‘til you read these eleven crazy laws I discovered that are still on the books in Alaska.

A law in Fairbanks prohibits moose from mating on city streets.
That’s only fair. They should indulge in love-making at home or in the woods … like the rest of us.

Also in Fairbanks, it is considered an offense to feed alcoholic beverages to a moose.
Let them buy their own alcohol in liquor stores or bars … like the rest of us.

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It is considered an offense to push a live moose out of a moving airplane.

I have to admit that the rationale for this crazy law was difficult for me to understand:
a) How would you get a live moose aboard an airplane?
b) Why would you even want to?
c) How would you push it out – especially if it did not want to leave?

Note: An adult male moose may weigh up to 1,600 pounds. Just sayin’.

It is illegal to whisper in someone's ear while they are moose hunting.

This law is so crazy I have no explanation.

Sleeping Beauty
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It is legal to shoot bears, but waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited.

And also extremely stupid! Although your photo could be a winner, You might end up as that bear’s dinner.

In Nome, it is illegal to own a slingshot.

They don’t want to raise any incipient ‘Goliath-slayers’ there.

However, in Juneau, a person may carry a concealed slingshot if that person has received the appropriate license.

If with your slingshot you want to roam, Just be sure that you stay out of Nome.

It is illegal to fatten up a sheep, cow, or pig within city limits.

Raise sheep, cows and pigs in the city,

Just like owning dogs and cats.

Obey the law and watch their diets

Do not feed them sweets and fats.

In Anchorage, it is illegal to throw a grenade on the street.

Picky, picky!

In Nome, one may not roam the city with a bow and arrows.

It must be difficult for Cupid there; he can’t even use a slingshot.

It’s a crime to speak loudly enough to offend a sensitive person enough to make him/her leave.

I would make a comment but I can’t stop laughing.

Size of Alaska compared to U.S.
Size of Alaska compared to U.S. | Source

Fun Facts and Illustrious Information about Alaska

Alaska is LARGE – as big as England, France, Italy and Spain combined. It is the largest state in the U.S. and over twice the size of Texas. The state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times.

Want to be alone? Alaska is one of the most sparsely populated areas in the world, at 1.2 inhabitants per square mile.

Alaska was first discovered in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia. Russian whalers and fur traders on Kodiak Island established the first settlement in in 1784.

In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State, William H. Seward, offered Russia $7,200,000 or 2 cents per acre for Alaska. Many Americans called the purchase, "Seward's Folly."

Brown bear (grizzly)
Brown bear (grizzly) | Source
Black bear
Black bear | Source
Polar bear
Polar bear | Source

Alaska carries the world record for the highest concentration of bears. It is home to over 100,000 Grizzly, Black, and Polar bears.

Brown bears called girizzlies living in the interior of the state are smaller than their counterparts in the coastal regions that feed on large amounts of salmon.

Black bears can be found in most of Alaska’s forests and are usually smaller than brown or polar bears. Some black bears hibernate as long as 8 months of the year.

Polar bears are the undisputed kings of the Arctic environment roving the sea ice in search of dinner - a favorite treat are ringed seals. Males can grow as large as 1,700 pounds and 10 feet in length.

What does the name "Alaska" mean? Alaska is the Russian version of the Aleutian word Alakshak, which means great lands or peninsula.

At 20,320 feet above sea level, Mt. McKinley, located in Alaska's interior, is the highest point in North America. 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the United States are located in Alaska.

Downtown Chicken, Alaska
Downtown Chicken, Alaska | Source

How Chicken, AK Got Its Name

Chicken, Alaska (population 7 to 17 depending on the season) was settled by gold miners in the late 1800s. In 1902, a local post office was established which required a community name.

Due to the prevalence of ptarmigan in that area of southeast Fairbanks, ptarmigan was suggested as the official name for the new community. However, the miners could not agree on its spelling (the ‘p’ is silent) so the name, Chicken, was used to avoid embarrassment. True story!

The state bird is the willow ptarmigan, a small Arctic grouse that lives among willows on open tundra.

Its feathers are brown in summer, changing to white in winter when it resembles a chicken.

In 1898, gold was discovered in the Yukon. Later gold was discovered at Nome and Fairbanks. Jade is the official state gemstone. Gold is the official state mineral.

In 1915, the record high temperature in Alaska was 100 degrees F at Fort Yukon; the record low temperature was -80 degrees F at Prospect Creek Camp in 1971.

Dog mushing is the official state sport. Various races are held around the state, but the best known is the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome (about 1,150 miles).

The Alaskan malamute is a large breed of sled dog noted for its strength and endurance.

Alaskan Malamute
Alaskan Malamute | Source

Alaska's most important revenue source is the oil and natural gas industry. The state accounts for 25% of the oil produced in the United States.

President Putin has nightmares, no doubt, when he thinks about losing 'Seward's Folly.'

The fishing and seafood industry is the state's largest private industry employer. Most of America's salmon, crab, halibut, and herring come from Alaska.

Favorite Alaska one-liner: “You know you are living in Alaska when the four seasons are: Winter, Still Winter, Not Winter and Almost Winter.” – Unknown

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2015. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."

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billybuc 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

I lived there for a year, Believe me, it gets stranger. In the town I lived it was legal to shoot stray dogs, but bb guns were illegal. Good luck figuring that one out. :)

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fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Doc.....This is great! Have no idea how I have gotten along in life thus far without knowing these seriously important laws in Alaska! LOL.....You must have had some fun doing this research. How funny (or is it strange?) that these laws are "still on the books!!"

Really? The question should be, just WHAT was going on in Alaska that these were made laws to begin with??? LOL Love this one, Doc!.UP+++Shared & pinned.

breakfastpop 21 months ago

So, I guess I can shoot a sleeping bear.... Up and funny in a sad way.

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AliciaC 21 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is interesting, useful and funny, drbj - a great combination! Thank you for both the entertainment and the education.

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Victoria Lynn 21 months ago from Arkansas, USA

LOL! I'm with Effer! What was happening to even feel the need to make these laws! Wow! Love this!

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fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hey! Hi Vee!! I was just thinking about you! Haven't seen you in so long, I was going to go searching for you. Glad to see your smiling face. Looks like you and I better stay out of Alaska!! LOL

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Jeannieinabottle 21 months ago from Baltimore, MD

A lot of moose laws in Alaska. That is pretty different. I guess there are a lot there just like there is so much deer in Maryland. I don't know about too many deer laws though.

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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for sharing that crazy law about shooting dogs but not using BB guns, Billy. Not surprised since Alaska does have its share of VERY weird laws on the books.

BTW, why were you living in Alaska? Just wonderin'.

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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida Author

I agree, Paula, it's very strange that Alaska and all the other 49 states still have these ancient crazy laws on their books. Stay tuned and I will attempt to enlarge your sphere of knowledge re crazy laws. It's the least I can do for such an appreciative friend and commenter. And I am having fun doing this eccentric research.

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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida Author

That is correct, Patti. The state will not mind if you shoot a sleeping bear. But the bear might! (laughing). Thanks for the Up and 'sad' funny.

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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Alicia, for your generous comment. "Interesting, useful and funny" are exactly what I had in mind for this series of crazy laws. Entertainment and education are my goals.

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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, Victoria, for laughing and agreeing with Paula. And for loving this. I'll try to cover all the states before my Muse departs.

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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida Author

Happy you found Vee, Paula. But don't give up on a visit to Alaska. The scenery is outstanding with majestic glaciers, salmon-fishing bears, moose doing whatever moose do, and supernaturally enormous orcas. Worth a visit!

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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida Author

There are many, many laws about moose and bears, Jeannie, probably because there are so many of them doing their thing there. I dunno yet about laws regarding deer in Maryland but will keep you posted when I write that episode.

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Babbyii 21 months ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

Hysterically funny drbj. Thanks for the tell all hub lol. Love your take on the home I love. Have lived here for 30 plus years and it's never a dull moment with the laws that leave me scratching my head and shaking my head too.

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Thelma Alberts 21 months ago from Germany

Oh my! These laws are indeed funny. Thanks for making me laugh again.

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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida Author

Delighted you appreciate the humor of the spectacular state you call home, Babbyii. Alaska is one of the most unique states in the U.S. and it was my pleasure to learn more about it and indulge in some humor to boot.

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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi,Thelma - So nice to see you here and happy to make you laugh. Any time, m'luv. Crazy laws in Arizona coming up next.

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Babbyii 21 months ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

I did enjoy the humor drbj. Read this hub on a day I really needed a laugh. Thanks again.

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Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

Oh, me, now they are picking on moose and bears. The laws are way out there, and are made even funnier with your sense of humor and commentary here. The facts are interesting and strange LOL

I did not realize just how big Alaska is until I read this here. Wow, now it should be called the get away state, if it is not already.

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shanmarie 21 months ago from Texas

Very funny. They make me think of a crazy law belonging to my hometown - monsters are not allowed in city limits after dark.

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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

Alaska lawdabout the moose is indeed funny

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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, Babbyii, for returning to let me know you enjoyed the humor on a day you really needed it. Happy to contribute, m'dear.


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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Faith. Top of the morning to you! Although Alaska is our largest state by far, much of it is covered in ice. And so many laws pertain to moose and bears because they are a large part of the population.

Delighted that you are enjoying these way out laws and interesting facts. And thanks for enjoying my sense of humor as well. I laughed - out loud - myself while researching this awesome state.

Your arrival at my hubs is always anticipated and appreciated as well as your sharing, tweeting, pinning, etc. Stay happy and be well!

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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, shanmarie. Thanks for stopping by. That crazy Texas law you mentioned is far out. I'll learn more about it and share with you when I get to the 'T's."

Wonder if that law means monsters are allowed within city limits BEFORE dark.

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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, peachpurple. Love your name. Happy you found the 'moose' laws funny. Me, too. Now that I have completed compiling crazy laws in the A states, I'm moving on to C - California. See you there.

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shanmarie 21 months ago from Texas

Actually, I grew up in Illinois. And I might have it slightly wrong, but there is definitely a law prohibiting monsters from entering the city limits of Urbana, Illinois. Seems like I remember someone saying it was after dark. However, I have also heard that they just can't enter without a permit. Hmmm. . .if I don't look into it more myself, I'll have to watch to see if it makes it in your list of crazy IL laws!

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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida Author

What a coincidence, shanmarie, I grew up in Illinois, too, and lived there until I married. And I am an Illini from the U of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. I will make a special effort to research that 'monster' law there and get back to you when I do the Illinois crazy law post. Thanks for your continued interest.

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shanmarie 21 months ago from Texas

No way! That's quite a coincidence!!

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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida Author

Coincidence, fate, Karma or whatever, shanmarie. Just proves that the sweetest, nicest people come from the Midwest. Right?

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Say Yes To Life 20 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

I was in Anchorage for 3 weeks, once. I found it fascinating.

How about a few facts about the Northern Lights? It is believed you can draw them closer if you whistle at them, but if you mock them, they'll burn you.

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drbj 20 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Say Yes... Alaska IS a fascinating state to visit. The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights as you mentioned is a spectacular sight to witness. Scientists believe that it is caused by the interaction of the solar wind with the earth's magnetosphere.

There are a number of superstitions such as you mentioned but since they occur miles and miles away, I doubt that you could affect them by whistling or mocking them.

Just don't call them names. ;)

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