Bear Advisory From The Mouth Of Tidal Inlet To Gloomy Knob
Contact: Allison Banks, 907-697-2230
This notice is to inform campers of recent bear activity at the Vivid Lake outflow creek between the mouth of Tidal Inlet and Gloomy Knob. On July 31, three kayakers camping near this creek encountered a single subadult brown bear who investigated their property and caused damage to gear stored in their kayaks. The campers attempted to deter the bear by yelling and waving their arms but the bear did not leave the area until the campers packed up and left. A similar incident had occurred previously in the same area on June 1.
Bear activity is high in this area because the creek is one of the few salmon streams accessible to brown bears in the upper West Arm of Glacier Bay. Campers are advised not to camp in this area to avoid further bear-human conflicts. Campers are reminded that bears range widely throughout the park and that bear-human conflicts can occur anywhere. Two important keys to minimizing the potential for conflicts include storing food and attractants properly and keeping control of gear and property at all times. Please report all bear encounters to the Visitor Information Station. Visitors to Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve are advised to contact the park’s Visitor Information Station (907-697-2627) for the most current information regarding bear incidents in the area.
This advisory will remain in effect until September 6, 2010.
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