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... few hours tracking and watching a mother-bear (a sow) with her two cubs.
So we're incredibly lucky, this early in the season to be able to see bears up close and personal, showing off their fishing exploits. Craig our guide says that he hasn't seen bears salmon fishing this early in years - "must be due to the unusually warm summer". So we land on a small lake on the treeless tundra and a short hike brings us to the ...
... is the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. We went through the line and just as we sat down to eat, SteveB and others around us spotted a bear in camp, not far from the window we were sitting at. Of course we got out the cameras and some people actually stood by the open door to the restaurant to watch until instructed to close it! Well, the bear kept moving further into camp and toward the restaurant. A park ranger came in to handle the situation, but apparently ...
... away. Right after our orientation, we headed for the Lower Platform (just across the river from Brooks Camp. To get there, you have to cross a floating bridge, which may or may not be open, depending on the bear traffic. This first time across, the bridge was open and we were able to get across. Once on the platform, we were able to view multiple bears. We watched them for a little while before heading back across the bridge to have lunch (our plan was a ...
August 14th I went on a bear viewing trip out of
Homer Alaska with Alaska Bear Adventures.
The waiver we signed made the kind of waver
you have to sign at fireworks conventions seem tame.
It included having to initial beside statements that
included we were informed that - - -
"Bears occasionally eat people" and ...
... 20-30 lbs. We found plenty of antlers and would have pick approximately 3-400lbs of antlers.
We rapped the season up early, cleaned and packed everything away for winter. We headed back to Anchorage where I had some spare time before I was needed for sheep hunting season.
For some photos of fishing see the link below:
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