Brown bear watching and wildlife tours on the wild coast of Katmai National Park in Alaska.
Brown bear watching & wildlife tours on the coast of Katmai National Park, Alaska
Katmai Coastal Bear Tours
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by Dr. Lynn Rogers

     Katmai brown bears The North American Bear Center found a location where people can easily observe and study grizzly/brown bears.  The area is over a hundred miles from the nearest road, so the  inaccessibility of the area virtually assures that you won’t see another person outside your group—just an abundance of wildlife.  We discovered this opportunity in 1996 when wildlife photographers Erwin and Peggy Bauer recommended it to us as the best place and the best way to see brown/grizzly bears living their natural lives in a variety of situations.  Dr Lynn Rogers checked it out in 1996 and has since made many visits to Katmai National Park to compare the behavior and lifestyles of these misunderstood giants with the  black bears that he studied in Minnesota for over 30 years. The area can be accessed through Katmai Coastal Bear Tours, which is an ecologically minded eco-tourism company.  They operate in a very low impact manner.  They Big Katmai Grizzly accommodate up to six people who live on a boat rather than camping on land.  This assures lowest impact on the land and the bears.  They further assure low impact on the bears by always having an experienced naturalist accompany the people when they go ashore.  Ocean tides of up to 26 feet, some of the largest tides in the world, erase most of the human tracks daily.  This is a rare window of opportunity for people who want to view bears doing their natural thing without being disturbed by a lot of other people. The idea of viewing bears in the coastal area of Katmai National Park started with the Exxon-Valdez oil spill. Bears watched the oil cleanup crews and started getting used to foraging while people were present.  Katmai Coastal Bear Tours began bringing small groups. The presence of the people reduced the poaching that had been a problem before that. Paying customers gave the bears an economic value other than hunting.  This new value could help preserve and expand bear protection areas. The area is largely undiscovered by the public even though it is a national park.  It is our least visited national park and is essentially pristine wilderness. As more people discover it, rules will have to be made to control the people and protect the bears, and those rules are being developed at this time.

But for the time being, small groups can walk virtually anywhere without restriction and watch bears behave as they have there for thousands of years.

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