Brown bears and American black bears flourish in Lake Clark. This remote, mostly undeveloped setting provides pristine natural habitat for both species, which are present in most non-glaciated areas of the park and preserve.
Bears are most numerous along the park's Cook Inlet coast where there is a concentrated abundance of food. This environment provides a rare and excellent opportunity to observe brown bears that gather in high numbers to feed. However, while black bears are present on the coast in similar numbers to brown bears, they are cautious of their larger cousins and thus are rarely seen.
Remember, bears are wild animals, and can be dangerous. There are a combination of characteristics to look for that can help you identify between black and brown bears. Knowing the difference between the two can help you make choices to stay safe in bear country.
Did You Know?
Willow ptarmigan, found across southwest Alaska, are white in the winter and brown in the summer. These notoriously slow birds need extra camouflage from predators!