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Brown Bears of AWCC

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

 
 
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By Don Morfe, September 11, 2009
1. Brown Bears of AWCC Marker
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Good Clean Livin

The largest bear enclosure in the United States is found here at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Solar electricity powers the electric fence that encloses 18 acres of land, and water is pumped into the pond by the rotations of a nearby windmill. Bears are fed local Alaskan salmon, road killed moose, dog food, carrots and apples. With such a large enclosure, bears can be observed displaying their natural, “wild” behaviors.

Conservation

Brown bears once inhabited much of North America but today occupy less than 1% of their former range. Bears are sensitive to habitat destruction and human encroachment. As people move into brown bear habitat, we often compete with them for food and space. Some bears are killed by people defending their lives or property. Such incidents can be reduced by properly disposing garbage and learning how to behave around bears in the wild.

Grizzly or Brown Bear?

Although formerly classified as a separate species, brown bears and grizzly bears are technically the same species, Ursus arctos. Bears that are found inland are often referred
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to as “grizzlies” and feed mainly on root, berries and ground dwelling rodents. The term “brown bear” is commonly used to refer to bears found in coastal areas where protein rich salmon is their main food source. Size is determined by what the bears have to eat and how long they have to eat it. For this reason, coastal brown bears are typically larger than interior grizzlies.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Adoption Form
AWCC Form 1167
Case: 244-01


Animal: Brown Bear
Sex: Female
Name: Hugo
Date of Birth: Winter (Jan/Feb) 2000
Date Found: Nov. 16, 2000
Location Found: Hugo Mountain near Kotzebu, AK
Description of Incident:
Two men riding snowmobiles found a small cub with hundreds of porcupine quills imbedded in her paws. She was severely dehydrated, malnourished and was unable to walk or eat.
Placement: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for care, treatment, and a permanent home. Since she was orphaned at such a young age, she cannot learn the necessary skills need to survive in the wild.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Adoption Form
AWCC Form 1167
Case: 244-02


Animal; 2 Brown Bears
Sex: 1 female and 1 male
Name: Joe Boxer (JB) and Patron
Date of Birth: Winter (Jan/Feb) 2004
Date Found: September 4, 2004
Location Found: Willow, AK
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By Don Morfe, September 11, 2009
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Description of Incident:
A brown bear sow killed a moose calf in a resident’s back yard. The man was afraid that the bear might try to attack his pet dog, so he got his gun and shot the sow, not knowing that she had cubs in a nearby tree. In Alaska, it is legal to kill a bear in defense of life and property, but these types of deaths can affect bear population in urban environments.
Placement: The siblings will be kept together and join Hugo the grizzly at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Animals. A significant historical date for this entry is September 4, 2004.
 
Location. 60° 49.415′ N, 148° 59.053′ W. Marker is in Anchorage, Alaska. Marker is on Seward Highway. The marker is on the grounds of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 43520 Seward Hwy, Girdwood AK 99587, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Prickly World (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Moose Calves (about 600 feet away); Our Living National Symbol (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1964 Earthquake (approx. 0.2 miles away); Atlantic Salmon-A Threat to the Chugach National Forest? (approx. 4.3 miles away); Coho Salmon Life Cycle (approx. 4.3 miles away).
 
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By Don Morfe, September 11, 2009
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By Don Morfe, September 11, 2009
6. The sign is at the entrance to the Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 11, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 680 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on April 13, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 11, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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