JUNEAU - Bear activist and former candidate for city office Mark Farmer moved to Anchorage last week.
Farmer, a military journalist and photographer, said he is leaving town to be closer to Alaska's military operations. He is also frustrated with local politics, he said.
"I tried my best. I tried to make a difference and in some small ways, maybe I have," he said. "But I've got to take care of myself and Juneau's got to take care of itself."
A frequent critic of local government, Farmer has been a candidate for mayor and Juneau Assembly and is the former chairman of the mayor's Ad Hoc Urban Bear Committee. In the past year, he has helped to highlight conflicts between bears and humans in Juneau through the Web site juneaubears.com.
He said he will miss Juneau. "Maybe I'll come back and maybe I won't," he said. "You can only try so hard for so long - 17 years in my case. I don't think I quit; I think I just wised up."