Bear Research and Management
Bear research and management is a priority for Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve because visitors greatly value bear-viewing opportunities, bears are long-lived animals with low reproductive rates, and bear-human conflicts are a rare but significant safety concern.
Glacier Bay National Park Bear Goals
The following research projects are currently being or have been conducted to learn more about bears in the park:
For more information about past and future bear research, bear management protocols, and goals of the bear program, please read our annual Bear Program Reports (below) and the Glacier Bay National Park Bear Management Plan.
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.