Bear Activity Update

Report Bear Encounters
If you have an encounter with a bear, report it to a park ranger as soon as possible or contact the Kenai Fjords Bear Management team. This will alert others and enable park staff to respond to the situation if necessary. Please include your current contact information in your message so we can reach you if we need additional information.

Chief of Resource Management
Phone: (907 ) 422-0546

Chief of Visitor and Resource Protection
Phone: (907) 422-0520

Information current as of 7/1/15.

Date Location Activity
6/30/15 Harding Icefield Trailhead A brown bear bluff charged hikers about 1/4 mile from the beginning of the Harding Icefield trail. The vegetation through this section is dense and it is easy to not see a bear until you are very close. Be sure to make noise as you hike to avoid surprising bears especially in dense vegetation and blind corners.
6/30/15 Harding Icefield Trailhead Multiple sightings of black bears including one young bear feeding in dense vegetation very near the trail that did not move away from groups making noise. Give bears space and do not linger in an area a bear is using.
6/29/15 Marmot Meadows A brown bear with bluff charged a hiker who was looking at flowers just off the Harding Icefield Trail at Marmot Meadows. No contact was made between hikers and bears. Avoid walking alone or off trail.
6/19/15 Exit Glacier Brown Bear with cub seen at the toe of Exit Glacier.

Be sure to keep food secure, make your presence known, and carry bear spray if possible.

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