• Winter light on the Fairweather Range

    Glacier Bay

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Bear Identification

black bears in Glacier Bay
Black bears are common in Bartlett Cove

Glacier Bay National Park is home to brown/grizzly bears (Ursus arctos) and black bears (Ursus americanus). Black bears are found primarily in the forested regions of the lower bay, including Bartlett Cove, while brown bears live mainly in the open, recently deglaciated regions of the upper bay.

Which is Which?

Telling the difference between the two species can be tricky. Simply looking at color doesn’t help. A few key physical characteristics can help to clarify just what type of bear you have spotted.


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