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?
With sharp incisor teeth, porcupines chew away at the bark of spruce trees in order to reach and eat the cambium layer just under the bark. Heavy wear and constant use prevent their teeth from growing too big.