About a year and a half ago, in September 2014, I took a photo of a black bear standing in a yard just across the street from the Governor’s Mansion. Transfixed by a totem raising ceremony in a parking area off Willoughby Ave. below, the bear’s ears perked to the Tlingit drumming and chanting.
More than any photo I’ve ever posted on Facebook, it went viral, with about 500 shares. It was viewed by tens of thousands of Facebook users. The Empire printed the photo as well, with strongly positive responses.
Clearly, people love bears — to death as it turns out.