Anan Wildlife Observatory Bears
Bear-viewing locations in Southeast Alaska, like the Anan Wildlife Observatory, are caught in a dilemma.
As a place gets more human visitors, it becomes less attractive to wildlife.
“How many people can you let go in there before you start adversely affecting the bears?” Bob Dalrymple asked. “If you affect the bears, that would adversely affect the viewing experience.”
It’s “the loved to death syndrome,” said Dee Galla, a planner for the Forest Service in Wrangell.
Currently, the Forest Service allows 60 tourists per day to visit Anan between July 5 and Aug. 25. That figure hasn’t changed significantly in about 20 years, and demand is building like rising waters behind a dam.