Kodiak Brown Bears:
Kodiak is best known for it's giant Kodiak bears. The Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect this unique population. Over 3,500 bears live in the archipelago, with many additional brown bears inhabiting the Katmai Coast. The dense population of bears on Kodiak Island provides excellent bear viewing opertunities. In the past it was fairly uncommon to see bears on the road system, but with the increasing bear population, sightings are becoming more frequent. The Kodiak bear above was seen swiming about one mile off shore from A Captain's Quarters while we were halibut fishing.
There are many guided opportunities to see bears in the Kodiak Island Archipelago. Most local air taxis offer half-day bear viewing charters. This is sure to be an experience you will never forget, so seriously consider budgeting for a bear viewing trip. Links to our favorite bear viewing charters are on our links page.
Common Sense in Bear Country:
In most cases, bears are not a threat, but they do deserve your respect and attention. When traveling in bear country, keep alert and enjoy the opportunity to see them in their natural habitat.
Avoid surprising bears at close range; look for signs of bears and make plenty of noise.
Avoid crowding bears; respect their "personal space."
Avoid attracting bears through improper handling of food or garbage.
Plan ahead, stay calm, identify yourself, and don't run.
More Kodiak bear information can be found on the Alaska Department of Fish & Game web site.
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