• Sunset view of Glacier Bay and the surrounding Fairweather Mountains.

    Glacier Bay

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Temporary Closure In The Bartlett River Area

Bartlett River Closure Map 7/28/2010
Map shows location of closure on Bartlett River

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News Release Date: July 28, 2010
Contact: Allison Banks, Public Information Officer, 907-697-2230

This notice is to inform visitors of a temporary closure to all human use along the Bartlett River upstream of the boardwalk (see map). On July 27 an NPS employee hiking in this area was charged by a brown bear (ran directly towards person at a fast pace) beginning on the other side of the river 150 feet away. The bear charged through the river to within 15 feet, at which time the person deployed a quick cloud of bear pepper spray. The bear immediately veered around the person and continued to run into the forest and did not return. Charging behavior is indicative of a brown bear defending a food source or cubs. NPS biologists are currently investigating the possibility of a mammal carcass or bear cubs in the area. This closure is to protect both people and bears from potential bear-human conflicts and will remain in effect until the investigation has been completed.

Visitors to Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve can contact the park’s Visitor Information Station (907-697-2627) for the most current information regarding bear activity in Glacier Bay.

Did You Know?

Mountain Goat

Both male and female mountain goats have horns. These black horns help distinguish Glacier Bay’s mountain goats from Dall sheep, which live farther inland.