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This blog page is not chronologically in sequence with the previous posts or the posts to follow. However, it seemed like a good time to mention the bears of Alaska. There are both Brown and Black bears in our largest state. Alaska is just right for bears; plenty of space, plenty of food, and few people to mess it up. The Black Bear is the smaller of the two species and the one that seems to interact with humans the most. In 2017 there have already been a few bear-caused deaths in Alaska.
The Grizzly Bear is the more inland of the two forms of the Brown Bear. The coastal bears, called Brown Bears, are larger than those that are well inland. The bears in Denali can be called Grizzly Bears and the bears of the Southeast and Kodiak and the extensive and remote shore lines are referred to as Brown Bears. The coastal bears that get to eat salmon for a couple months each summer, as the various species return to spawn, are the largest overall. The fish always pass through the coastal rivers and the bears are always waiting. The inland bears don’t see this migration.
Spots like the one I show are often part of the Alaskan ecotourism trade. You have to go to “Bear School” and then you have to sign the waiver that says if a bear kills you it isn’t the lodge’s fault. You can even fish in the streams – I didn’t as I thought it wise to not look too competitive to the Brown Bears. But at this location I did have a half mile walk from the place where the float plane dropped me off and where the Bear School was located to the place where the bears were lined up on the rocks. There were bears in the woods walking and sleeping. But all they had on their mind was SALMON.