Tuesday, October 24, 2006
NOT Mt Juneau Brown Bear
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My son, Jason...and I on one of our
last days in Juneau, Alaska...took the
tram that traversed up the side of the
mountain overlooking the city below.
About 3,000-4,000' in elevation...and
walking up the path we met folks
coming down telling us they had seen
a bear just over the next peak's ridge.
It would have been a BLACK bear had
we seen it.
We were first surprised that SE Alaska
would have black bears, but as you
read on, they have quite a few.
Of course...with Admiralty Island about
seven miles away (the Fortress of Bears)
hosting about 3,000 brown bears, and
southeast Alaska alone residence to
about 16,000 black bears...this should
come as no surprise.
One of the joys of the pristine last great
wilderness is that you experience nature
in its wild state. Perhaps one of the very
worst things you could experience, is
nature in its wild state!!! hahahaa....
This is how you wish not to see the
Alaskan brown bear. Poor eyesight with
perhaps one of the best noses, standing
to make better sense of your presence
and what you are. Not a good time to
run...but very slowly back away. Pray
there are no nearby cubs...
I retitled this "NOT" (after a correction
from a resident)...because yes, it is
a brown bear, and yes it is Mt Juneau...
but apparently Juneau does not itself
have brown bears. Ahhh...but if Juneau