Phil Mooney: Hot spots for Sitka bears, part 1 of 2

SITKA, ALASKA When herring arrive in Sitka, brown bears are not too far behind. The first police calls of the season are usually in neighborhoods along the beach front, where bears are drawn in to the herring spawn, early skunk cabbage, and some of the other first foods of spring.
Many of these spring bears have recently emerged from their dens. They’ll stay in Sitka just a short time, and then move out to their established ranges. For the bears that remain, though, Sitka itself may be their home range. Over the past several years the Alaska Department of Fish & Game has worked to try to understand the dynamics of the local bear population through tracking studies.
In part one of a two-part interview, ADF&G biologist Phil Mooney discusses Sitka’s local bears, how and why they take up residence here, and why having a few mature, people-savvy bears around may not be such a bad idea.
He spoke with KCAW’s Robert Woolsey.
© Copyright 1970, Raven Radio Foundation Inc.


Please read our comment guidelines.

Recent News

Absentee count: Cass Pook retains her school board seat

In absentee ballot counting this Friday afternoon, incumbent Cass Pook outpolled challenger Kat Richards, 153 votes to 108, to win the second seat on the School Board -- by an overall total of 42 votes. more

VIDEO: Live music on our Fall Pledge Drive!

We are having a foot-stomping good time this morning during the Fall Membership Drive! The Pioneer Mountain String Band was in playing with Ted Howard on Trail Mix, showing some great energy in the air room! If we have missed … more