Although we had lots of bears, we had other wildlife as well, including a pair of fearless red fox!
Lots of people comment about my personal safety or ask about my level of fear when I’m on these bear trips. But, after sitting in a two hour traffic delay on the Seward Highway thanks to a fatality accident, and then reading about more murders in Anchorage only confirms what I often say, and that is statistically, driving that highway, or hanging around humans in the wrong part of town is more dangerous then being around the bears we are photographing. Unfortunately there are exceptions, but I believe the habituated bears with a consistent natural food source that are found in this area are far safer then then the ones I find around my home, or in other parts of the state where food sources are hard to find such as in Denali.
However, no matter how comfortable I am with sows and cubs on the coast – these huge, scarred up, mean looking boars that are usually only around during the breeding season still make me just a bit uncomfortable.
It is amazing just how many uses a bear can find with a log – playground, bed, pillow…
Home from my second Alaska Brown Bear Photo Tour! It was another awesome trip! It is interesting how two back to back trips can be so different. This one was marked by the arrival of 3 very large boars. Usually boars sightings are a bit fleeting, however these guys were often highly visible. This one is rubbing its back on a tree in the yard at the lodge. It did stir up the bear activity a bit as one of the sows with cubs spent a good part of each day up in a tree near the lodge. However, there were lots of bears to be seen – it wasn’t uncommon to see 15 different animals, and at times 10 different bears from just one position. Not to mention, fox, eagles, otters even puffin – it was a fun trip with another very wonderful group!
Home for one night between Alaska Brown Bear photo Tours. We had amazing bears, a pair of very cooperative red fox who hung around the lodge, bald eagles, even two Bull Moose. And a really fun group! Heading back for round two, I sure hope it is as good!
I meet my guests today for the beginning of two back to back Alaska Bear Photo Tours! Very excited to be spending the next two weeks with these amazing animals. I’ll post updates if I can, but you might not hear from me for the next two week.
Orca whales near Sitka, Alaska.
A brown bear making its way along the shore of Chichagof Island in Alaska earlier this month.