Bear Distribution Study
Black and Brown Bear Distribution
As testament to the brown bears' range expansion, 2012 was the third year in over 50 that brown bears were regularly sighted on the Bartlett River, in Bartlett Cove, and Gustavus. One major behavioral difference between the two species is that brown bears may charge or even attack (rarely) when surprised or defending cubs or a carcass. It is vital for park visitors and community members to minimize bear attractants in town, and important for everyone to make noise and pay attention while hiking or berry picking.
Did You Know?
In 1899, an earthquake measuring 8.4 on the Richter Scale so shook the glaciers in Glacier Bay, the budding tourism industry nearly died. There was so much ice in the water from the shattered glaciers, visitors to Glacier Bay did not return to for over ten years.