Alaska has always been renowned for its size. Everything there is famously large-halibut that need to be hauled out of boats with a forklift, salmon that outweigh supermodels and cabbages the size of small pickups. And, of course, it is known for big, big bears. But in Alaska's tendency for the super-sized there is a curious contradiction. Along the coastal reaches in the southeastern part of the state, where mountains thrust suddenly skyward, seemingly straight from the sea, Alaska's famously prolific wildlife is concentrated in the narrow strip that runs from the water's edge to the low-lying tree line, which seldom extends above 3,000 feet or so. It's in this thin band of green, just a small portion of the total landmass, that the ravens, wolves, deer, moose, bears and other animals compete to stay alive and hunters chase most of their game.