Bears at Glacier Bay
One of the things that makes Alaska so special is that all three species of North American bears flourish here. There is a chance that you may be lucky enough to see a bear, but even if you don't you will never be far from one, because Alaska is bear country!
Glacier Bay National Park is home to both black (Ursus americanus) and brown (Ursus arctos) bears. Both species are key components of the ecosystem and help connect the marine and terrestrial environments by moving nutrients from the sea back to the land. Bears are exciting to observe, and even more thrilling to encounter. While respect for bears is warranted, fear is not, and the best antidote to fear is knowledge and understanding of the species.
Where Are the Bears?
Scat, Mark Trails, Rub Trees, and Bellyholes
Glacier Bay Bear Research and Management
Glacier Bay Bear Photo Gallery
The Blubber Bonanza
Scat, Trails, Rub Trees, and Bellyholes
Middle School Scientists: Bears of Glacier Bay
Did You Know?
No hoax, iceworms do exist. These small, threadlike, segmented black worms, usually less than one inch long, thrive in temperatures just above freezing. Observers as far back as the 1880’s reported the tiny worms on the surface of glaciers. When sunlight strikes, ice worms burrow into the ice.