Glad to see brown bears are back

Posted: Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Two years have passed since writing to you about the Mendenhall Glacier bears.

I now hear that a sow with cub has returned. Good!

You may remember I wrote a letter to you back on November 2001 about removing the brown bear sow and cub. After writing that letter, my better half of 18 years was attacked and mauled by a sow with cub while out deer hunting on Admiralty Island on Dec. 4, 2001.

He is doing well after the attack and still loves to watch the bears.

This is bear country folks. The bear was here before we were. We still walk with bears on Admiralty.

I'm glad to hear that they are putting out warnings and asking folks not to walk or take their dogs with them when out hiking in that area, and to hike somewhere else.

I just want to say to the Juneau people that I was born and raised here, this is my home.

I want what's the best for the ones that were here first.

Helen Mielke


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