The Bear Facts

Ex­cur­sions of­fer view­ings of these ma­jes­tic an­i­mals

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From 15-pound cubs to 1,500-pound boars, Alaska’s bears never fail to im­press and en­chant visi­tors. The state is home to three species: the black bear, the small­est; the griz­zly (also known as the Alaska brown or Ko­diak brown bear); and the largest species, the po­lar bear. Even in Alaska’s largest cities you may see a black or brown bear cross­ing the street. And in far north com­mu­ni­ties, like Prud­hoe Bay, it is not un­com­mon to see pa­trols out seek­ing to de­ter roam­ing po­lar bears. One of the best ways to see bears is on an aerial trip that in­cludes bear view­ing. Rust’s Fly­ing Ser­vice in An­chor­age of­fers flight­see­ing tours over Cook In­let and an agenda that in­cludes bird’s- eye views of Re­doubt Bay, Kat­mai Na­tional Park or Lake Clark Na­tional Park. Guests de­plane for an ex­plo­rative walk or boating ex­cur­sion through wilder­ness to see brown bears in their nat­u­ral habi­tat. Three dif­fer­ent trip op­tions, rang­ing from 6.5 to 12 hours in length, are avail­able. Book early, as sum­mer reser­va­tions fill quickly. fly­

Kat­mai Wilder­ness Lodge, lo­cated on the re­mote coast of Alaska’s Kat­mai Na­tional Park, of­fers its guests in­ti­mate and per­son­al­ized guided wildlife ex­cur­sions on and around the shores of pro­tected bays along the Kat­mai Coast. While bears take cen­ter stage here, many guests also see har­bor seals, sea ot­ters, ea­gles and a va­ri­ety of marine bird life. Other species that may also be seen (though less pre­dictably) in­clude wolves, moose, red fox, whales, por­poise, sea lions and river ot­ters. The lodge it­self is iso­lated and has a 12- guest ca­pac­ity. It of­fers three-, four- and seven-night all-in­clu­sive tour pack­ages that in­clude roundtrip air­fare from Ko­diak, com­fort­able overnight ac­com­mo­da­tions with pri­vate bath­rooms and de­li­cious meals. kat­mai-wilder­

Ko­diak Is­land, the largest is­land in Alaska and the sec­ond largest in the United States, is home to an es­ti­mated 3,500 Ko­diak brown bears, the largest brown bears found any­where in the state. Iso­lated for more than 12,000 years in its is­land home, this bear has dis­tinc­tive species adap­ta­tions and owes its mas­sive size to the plethora of fish that fill the streams. The Ko­diak Na­tional Wildlife Refuge is ac­cessed

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