Bear Advisory At Muir Point
Contact: Allison Banks, Public Information Officer, 907-697-2230
Contact: Tania Lewis, 907-697-2668
This notice is to inform campers of recent bear activity at the Dirt Glacier outwash near Muir Point on the southern shore of the mouth of Adams Inlet in the lower east arm of Glacier Bay.On the morning of July 4th, three kayakers camping near this outwash creek encountered a single adult black bear who investigated their property and caused minor damage to a tent and a kayak.The campers were able to deter the bear by yelling and waving their arms and the bear eventually left the area.
Campers are advised to use caution 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 August 8, 2011.
Did You Know?
When Captain George Vancouver surveyed Southeast Alaska in 1794, the wall of ice that filled the bay was (at its greatest extent) 100 miles long, 20 miles wide, and 4,000 feet thick. Just 250 years later, this same ice has retreated 65 miles, the fastest glacial retreat on record.