Bear Research and Management

black bear sniffs tree stump

Bear research and management is a priority for Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve because visitors greatly value bear-viewing opportunities, bears are long-lived animals with low reproductive rates, and bear-human conflicts are a rare but significant safety concern.


Glacier Bay National Park Bear Goals

  • Keep bears and human attractants (food and trash) separate to reduce conflicts and ensure bears retain their natural habits.
  • Ensure opportunities for present and future generations of visitors to view and encounter bears safely.
  • Obtain information on black and brown bears in the Park and Preserve necessary to manage bears and inform policies to minimize conflicts.
  • Preserve and perpetuate natural bear populations.

Research Projects
The following projects help to better understand bears in the park:

Disturbance of Brown Bears by Vessels

Bear Distribution and Landscape Genetics

Blubber Bonanza: An Opportunistic Scavenger Study

Black and Brown Bear Activity at Selected Coastal Sites in Glacier Bay National Park

Gustavus Forelands Bear Population Study

International Management of Bear-Human Conflicts on the Tatsenshini-Alsek River. Poster

black bear walks down gravel road

Bear Management Plan

Glacier Bay bear management protocols and goals, PDF document

Glacier Bay Bears

Glacier Bay Bears

Biology, distribution, diet, safety, identification, photo gallery.

2012 Glacier Bay Bear Report

Glacier Bay Bear Program Annual Reports

For more information about past and future bear research, bear management protocols, and goals of the bear program, please read our annual Bear Program Reports.

2014 Bear Program Report
"The Plight of the Passing Ursine"

2013 Bear Program Report
"Trials and Tribulations of the Tempestuous Teenager"

2012 Bear Program Report
"A Summer of Winter-Quest For Food"

2011 Bear Program Report
"Year of the Brown Bear: Take 2"

2010 Bear Program Report
"The Year of the Brown Bear"

Bear scratching on tree animation
Bear scratching on tree captured by wildlife camera


Last updated: November 8, 2016

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Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
PO Box 140

Gustavus, AK 99826


(907) 697-2230

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