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Bear Watching

It’s impossible to imagine Alaska without wild bears. Come and see these strong animals in their natural habitat!

Bear Watching in Alaska - Best Time
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Christoph Strässler

Perhaps, you’ve seen bears in zoos or circuses. But viewing them in their natural habitat is a completely different experience. These animals that live in the wild are strong, fast, smart and extremely beautiful. Brown bears are the most active in the summer, from June to August. During this period, ​they hunt, play and do lots of different things.

Fishing Brown Bear at Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park
Fishing Brown Bear at Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park

An especially interesting experience is to watch them catch salmon in rapid rivers. Though you can find bears almost everywhere in Alaska, the best spots to watch them are at Kenai National Park, Brooks River Falls, or Wolverine Creek. There are many tours that offer bear observing, for safety reasons it’s definitely better to make your discovery trip with an experienced guide.​

Katmai National Park & Preserve
Katmai National Park & Preserve
Bear Watching in Alaska - Best Season

In Alaska, you can see not only brown bears but also black bears. A unique black bear subspecies reside in the area are known as blue or glacier bears (Ursus americanus emmonsii). It is one of the rarest in the world, which can be spotted in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve or Tongass National Forest. They mostly feed on roots, berries, and fish. Mating season is in the summer while winters are for hibernation and birthing.

Black bears on rocks above Anan Creek
Black bears on rocks above Anan Creek
Wild black bear at Anan Bear Observatory
Wild black bear at Anan Bear Observatory

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