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Bear Advisory for Upper Tarr Inlet June 17 – July 15, 2019

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News Release Date: June 17, 2019

Contact: Albert Faria, 907-697-2230

Contact: Tania Lewis, 907-697-2668

BARTLETT COVE, ALASKA – This notice is to inform campers of a Bear Advisory along the northern shoreline of Tarr Inlet near Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers in the west arm of Glacier Bay (see map). On June 14th, a couple discovered a brown bear investigating their tent as they returned from eating breakfast in the intertidal area. The couple made noise but backed away and the bear began investigating their gear. The couple backed away further and the bear prodeeded to claw and chew their tent, a dry bag, sleeping pads, and a dry suit. The bear then proceeded to investigate their kayaks and further damage gear, causing an estimated $1,500 in damage. No food was obtained by the bear. Visitors are advised NOT to camp in this area and to proceed with caution and keep control of gear at all times when walking in this area to reduce the potential for bear-human conflicts.

Campers are reminded that bears range widely throughout Glacier Bay National Park and that bear-human conflicts can occur anywhere. Two important keys to minimizing the potential for conflicts include storing food and attractants properly and keeping control of gear and property at all times. Please contact the park’s Visitor Information Station (907-697-2627) for the most current information regarding bear incidents, and to report all bear encounters.

This advisory will remain in effect until July 15, 2019.


Last updated: June 17, 2019

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Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
PO Box 140

Gustavus, AK 99826


(907) 697-2230

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