Jul 20, 2009
This year, actually the last two years, we seem to have an increased population of brown bears, grizzlies to others, in and around the village. Given that the Alaska Peninsula is an area just behind Kodiak for trophy bears ‘taken’ this does not surprise any of us.
This is one reason given by the state for not doing some predator control to help save our dwindling moose and hardly surviving caribou herds. Residents are NOT happy, but little can be done right now about it.
Daylight sightings have increased tremendously this year, even over last year’s higher incidents.
Yesterday our processing crew let us know they had spotted a pair of cubs on the beach heading toward the plant.
Gundo came up to the house to get a gun just in case they got into too much trouble or their mom showed up.
We see tracks on the beach by the processing plant on a regular basis but to have them wandering around the house getting into things is a little unusual.
These two guys decided they did not want to continue to come toward the sounds and smells of people and headed off.
I am hoping these little guys did not loose their mother cause if they did it is a slow starvation or being killed by bigger bears as an end to them.
The crew is doing lots of whistling and peeking around corners when heading out of their quarters at night after having a pile of poo left at their door step.
Fun times in the bush!!
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