Bear Advisory for The Bartlett River Area
Contact: Allison Banks, Public Information Officer, 907-697-2230
Contact: Tania Lewis, 907-697-2668
This notice is to inform visitors of recent bear activity along the Bartlett River upstream of the boardwalk. On September 14, a group of 4 anglers encountered a black bear who obtained one fish that was lying on the river bank. The group attempted to stand their ground by standing next to each other and stomping their feet while making loud noises, but it did not deter the bear from approaching them. One member of the group had bear spray but did not deploy it due to the wind conditions at the time. The bear managed to get one of five fish that were lying on the ground near the group's location. The bear then left the area.
Please remember to follow the posted guidelines and regulations to keep people safe and bears wild.
Anglers are reminded that new NPS regulations prohibit filletting fish on the Bartlett River and require that caught fish be within 6 feet of a person at all times to prevent bears associating people with fish carcasses. People fishing or hiking on the Bartlett River are recommended to travel in groups of 2-4 or more, make noise, carry bear spray, and never yield ground, fish, or gear to bears. Please report all bear encounters to the park's Visitor Information Station (907-697-2627) where you can also get the most current information regarding bear activity in Glacier Bay.
Did You Know?
It was the inspiration of one man, Dr. William S. Cooper, an ecologist studying how plant life returns to land freshly revealed from beneath retreated glaciers, that lead to the establishment of Glacier Bay as a National Monument in 1925.