A, B, C's of Brown Bear Viewing
The first opportunity to observe bears in the wild took place after a hike in Pavlov Harbor. We were in the ABC's of brown bear habitat: Admiralty, Baranoft and Chichagof Islands, with the highest concentration in the world. Our small group of nine got quite comfortable with periodic shouting of “Hey Bear”. Though we are often taught to be quiet when observing wildlife, this is one instance when you want the bear to know you are in the area. We searched for scat and other signs on the trail and then were rewarded big time. The Grizzlies did not disappoint, and thru our naturalist, learned the importance of responsible wildlife viewing.
By Alison Abbott, AFAR Local Expert