Chugach State Park Warnings and Dangers

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    The Forests Have Ears

    by mrclay2000 Written Oct 16, 2003

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    Even though Chugach sits almost at the edge of Anchorage, residents are fully aware that these half-million acres are pure wilderness pierced by only three roads. Your vigilance against surprising a moose or a bear should be as perfect here as in the remotest spaces of the interior. Startling a wild animal many times your size is one of the leading causes of injury in the backcountry.

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    Beware the Plant Life

    by mrclay2000 Written Oct 16, 2003

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    Warnings against cow parsnip (also known elsewhere as wild celery or pootschki in Alaska) should be as common in this state as warnings against bears and mosquitoes. Contact with these leaves (which range from six to twenty-four inches in breadth) in direct sunlight can cause a skin irritation akin to poison ivy. Wear longsleeves or gloves whenever possible, but your eyes open when on the trail.

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