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Brown Bears

Brown Bear and GullsBrown bears may be seen year-round on the Peninsula. They are frequently spotted where salmon congregate in late summer and fall.

Brown bears (Ursus arctos) are indigenous to southeast Alaska, where they occur on the islands north of Frederick Sound and on the mainland. As human activity and resource development increase in southeast Alaska, brown bear management concerns include magnitude and composition of harvest, habitat alteration from timber and mineral extraction, and increasing human access associated with resource development and recreation. Southeast Alaska brown bears are believed to leave their high-country dens in spring to feed on vegetation along beaches and tidal flats, move to salmon spawning streams by midsummer, and return to alpine areas to feed on vegetation before denning.
Page Photo Credits — Brown Bear and Gulls, Bret Greenheck/USFWS
Last Updated: Feb 14, 2014
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