Viewing coastal brown bears

A brown bear sow fishes in the McNeil River sanctuary. Photo: Lora Jorgensen
A brown bear sow fishes in the McNeil River sanctuary. Photo: Lora Jorgensen

We’re talking about bears on Outdoor Explorer. Our region of Alaska happens to be the best place in the world for ordinary people to get out in the woods and see lots of gigantic bears. The coastal brown bear can grow to enormous size, but while they are gorging on the salmon that make them so large, they don’t pay attention to anything else. Visitors to certain key streams can get very, very close. We’ll talk about that experience, and the life of the bears.

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HOST: Charles Wohlforth

GUESTS: 

  • Lora Jorgensen, permit winner, McNeil River State Game Sanctuary
  • Sean Farley, wildlife biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Grant Hilderbrand, regional wildlife biologist, National Park Service
  • Roy Wood, Chief of Interpretation, Katmai National Park and Preserve; manager, Brooks Camp

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Photo: Lora Jorgensen.
Photo: Lora Jorgensen.

BROADCAST: Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. AKDT

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Photo: Lora Jorgensen.
Photo: Lora Jorgensen.