Bears

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With a low berry yield and a disappointing salmon return, black bears are hungry in Kachemak Bay State Park. State officials suspect hunger drove the attack on a family of four this week as they hiked a popular trail.

Bear attack Monday may be sign of hunger

Oct 13, 2020
Alaska State Parks

    Alaska State Park Rangers reported a violent bear encounter Monday on the trail between the Grewingk Saddle Trail Junction and the Glacier Lake Trail Tram. 

According to an announcement, a family with dogs and children were hiking along the trail when a black bear sow emerged from the bushes behind the group and charged toward a child in what was reportedly a predatory manner. The bear was shot and killed in the encounter and the family was uninjured.

Bears encounters continue in Kachemak Bay Park

Aug 13, 2020
Alaska State Parks

    Another bear is making itself known along the trails of Kachemak Bay Park. Park Specialist

Eric Clarke reports that two hikers encountered a possible black bear less than a mile from the Grewingk Tram heading towards the north side of Grewingk Lake and the Blue Ice Trail.  

Though the bear was not actually seen, it was heard in the brush below the trail huffing and making movements interpreted as possible bluff charges. 

Kachemak Bay State Park

Part of two trails are closing in Kachemak Bay State Park due to an aggressive black bear with young cubs. Park staff say no one has been hurt, but the park closed both the Saddle and Glacier Lake trails earlier this week to prevent any potential incidents. 

On Thursday, the park re-opened the trails between the Glacier Spit and the tram and between the Saddle and Glacier Trail.

Alaska State Parks Ranger Jason Okuly says rangers began receiving reports about the bear last week.

Bears on the Move

Apr 8, 2016
Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Spring is here and the bears are waking up! That’s according to Department of Fish and Game Assistant Area Management Biologist Jason Herreman. Herreman spoke to KBBI’s Quinton Chandler about ways people can reduce their chances of running into bears this spring and summer. 


Explaining Bears Through Art and Science

Oct 26, 2015
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

A 2010 federally sponsored study is the first to deliver a reliable count of the Kenai Peninsula’s brown bear population. Last week a Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Biologist explained the study during a presentation at the Pratt Museum in Homer. The Museum is preparing to launch a new summer exhibit all about bears, specifically brown and black bears.