Anan Wildlife Observatory Bears

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Bear viewing at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A donation box at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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The salt chuck at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Bear viewing at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Tami Conner, deputy forest supervisor for the Tongass National Forest, photographs along the trail to the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory to view black and brown bears on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A day trip to Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory for a U.S. Forest Service rededication ceremony and viewing of black and brown bears on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Tourist use a new stairway to the beach at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Alaska Regional Forester Beth Pendleton holds an oversized set of sissors as Dee Galla, left, and Trina Wade hold a ribbon during a U.S. Forest Service rededication ceremony Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. The cement and wooden stair at the beach entrance were part of the area recent improvements.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A brown bear on the trail at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Tory Houser, right, and Dee Galla, planners for the U.S. Forest Service, talk about the recent work to Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory during a boat trip for a U.S. Forest Service rededication ceremony and viewing of black and brown bears on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A brown bear on the trail at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A brown bear on the trail at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A brown bear on the trail at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Bear viewing at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Bear viewing at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Bear viewing at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Bear viewing at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Bear viewing at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Bear viewing at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Bear viewing at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Bear viewing at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Bear viewing at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Bear viewing at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Tami Conner and Trina Wade persaude a brown bear to move off the trail at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Trina Wade, onsite manager to Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory, walks visitor along the trail to view black and brown bears on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Bear viewing at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Bear viewing at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Bear viewing at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Alaska Regional Forester Beth Pendleton takes a picture with her phone during a day trip to Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory for a U.S. Forest Service rededication ceremony and viewing of black and brown bears on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

Description

Bear-viewing locations in Southeast Alaska, like the Anan Wildlife Observatory, are caught in a dilemma.

As a place gets more human visitors, it becomes less attractive to wildlife. 

“How many people can you let go in there before you start adversely affecting the bears?”  Bob Dalrymple asked. “If you affect the bears, that would adversely affect the viewing experience.” 

It’s “the loved to death syndrome,” said Dee Galla, a planner for the Forest Service in Wrangell. 

Currently, the Forest Service allows 60 tourists per day to visit Anan between July 5 and Aug. 25. That figure hasn’t changed significantly in about 20 years, and demand is building like rising waters behind a dam. 

Read more online here at juneauempire.com.

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