Park Rangers Put Down Bear to Protect Visitors
Contact: Megan Richotte, 907-781-2135
Contact: John Quinley, 907-644-3512
On Tuesday, July 29th, Lake Clark National Park Service park rangers put down a sub-adult female brown bear near Silver Salmon Creek following an incident on private land adjacent to the park. Tuesday morning, a visitor at a private lodge was approached and bitten by a bear. The visitor's injuries were treated by an on-site medical doctor and then the visitor was flown to Soldotna for further medical evaluation. Park rangers and a biologist were flown out from Port Alsworth, they located the bear, and put it down. The bear bite victim was treated and released from Central Peninsula Hospital and is planning to return to Silver Salmon Creek. The bear was known to frequent the properties of nearby private lodges and cabins and was known to both local guides and park staff.
Lake Clark National Park's coastline offers world class bear-viewing of wild coastal brown bears in a natural setting. Thousands of visitors are able to view bears annually. Please follow the following recommendations for your safety and the bears' safety.
The National Park Service recommends bear-viewers:
-Respect a bear's space.
-Never approach, crowd, pursue or displace bears.
-Stay in groups and minimize noise and movement.
-Reduce chances of surprise encounters by staying alert, making noise in areas of low visibility.
-Give bears room to pass. NEVER RUN from a bear.
-Keep all gear immediately with you.
-Prevent bears from getting food from humans.
Did You Know?
Dall's sheep are the only wild sheep in the world with a white coat. Because they prefer steep, mountainous habitat, spotting a sheep is a rare treat in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.