Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Downtown Wildlife!

I remember the first month that I lived in Alaska, I awakened one morning to my radio alarm clock announcing that there was a grizzly bear roaming around downtown and that everyone should stay away until the bear was captured for transport outside the city.

I remember thinking "we're not in Kansas anymore."

Currently a young brown bear (grizzly) has been spotted multiple times roaming around downtown Anchorage. While it has not been acting aggressively, the Fish and Game authorities are keeping a close eye on it and hoping to relocate the bear to a more appropriate location.

This year seems to be a good year for the bear; the last three years have produced many healthy cubs living in the wilds on the outskirts of Anchorage and Eagle River. These "yearlings" are now making their way closer and into the cities. Currently, Fish and Game are tracking a total of eight young brown bears living in and around Anchorage!
~ gina

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