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Bear Viewing in Alaska: Expert Techniques and Tips for a Safe, Enjoyable Experience
     

Bear Viewing in Alaska: Expert Techniques and Tips for a Safe, Enjoyable Experience

by Steve Stringham, Kent Fredriksson (Photographer)
 

With almost 50,000 visitors traveling north every year to photograph and study bruins, bear viewing is perhaps Alaska's fastest growing tourist industry. Bear Viewing in Alaska is the only title specifically tailored to the unique needs of this demographic. With chapters devoted to the best places to view bears, what to expect once you get there, how to choose a

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With almost 50,000 visitors traveling north every year to photograph and study bruins, bear viewing is perhaps Alaska's fastest growing tourist industry. Bear Viewing in Alaska is the only title specifically tailored to the unique needs of this demographic. With chapters devoted to the best places to view bears, what to expect once you get there, how to choose a viewing guide, and how to behave safely in bear country, this is an absolute must-have for any potential bear viewer. A selection of personal bear-encounter anecdotes enliven each chapter, entertaining even as they educate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762739530
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

Read an Excerpt

For a bear viewer, Alaska is Mecca. It’s the only American state with all three species of North American bear, providing habitat for at least 50,000 black bears, 30,000 grizzly and coastal brown bears, and 4,000 polar bears. Grizzlies are found throughout the mainland of Alaska, and on the three major islands of the Alaska Panhandle (Baranof, Chichigof, and Admiralty). Over the past forty years, the popularity of viewing has grown explosively from the hobby of an eccentric minority into a mainstay of many local economies. Areas once visited by no more than a dozen people a year can now actually be called crowded. Thousands of people apply each year to visit world renown sites such as McNeil Falls on the Alaska Peninsula. For many people, a bear viewing excursion is a once in a lifetime adventure. It needs to be done right the first time. Too often, enthusiastic viewers go away disappointed or disillusioned. They either didn't see any bears or the sightings were too brief, or maybe the bears were visible but the viewers couldn't get within 300 yards of the animals. Approaching your experience with the right information and resources can mean the difference between success and failure.

Meet the Author

Dr. Stephen F. Stringham is an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska. He is the author of Beauty Within the Beast: Kinship With Bears in the Alaska Wilderness.

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