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Alaskan Grizzly LbNA #65296

Owner:Wisconsin Hiker Contact Supporter
Plant date:Jun 24, 2013
City:Eagle River
Found by: curiouscorvid
Last found: Jun 13, 2014
Hike distance:2-3 mi
Last edited:May 14, 2016
Last checked/found: 24-JUN-13

Location: elgaE reviR erutaN retneC
Time/Distance: 1-1.5 hours / ~2.5 miles
Terrain: Wide dirt trail with some gentle ascents/descents. Also some scenic viewing platforms.
Note: $5 daily vehicle fee (in 2013) or an annual pass.

The grizzly bear is a large predator that is different from black bears due to a distinctive hump on its shoulders. Their coloration is usually darkish brown but can vary from light cream to black. The long guard hairs on their backs and shoulders often have white tips and give the bears a "grizzled" appearance, hence the name "grizzly."

If you’d like to track down your own Alaskan Grizzly, start at the back of the Nature Center and take the Rodak Nature Trail. At the first intersection stay left on the Crow Pass/Historic Iditarod Trail.

Grizzly bears are omnivorous and will eat both vegetation and animals. Typical food includes grasses, sedges, roots, berries, insects, fish, carrion and small and large mammals. In some areas grizzly bears eat moose, caribou and elk, in others they eat salmon. Grizzly bear diet varies depending on what foods are available in that particular season. You may pass some of these food sources on your hike, but hopefully won’t run into a bear!

At the next split, veer left on the Dew Mound Trail. Later on, ignore the trail merging on the right, but then take the next right at the post on the Four Corners Loop.

Bears live solitary lives except during breeding, cub rearing, and in areas with a super-abundant food supply such as salmon streams. Grizzly bears hibernate during the winter for 5-8 months, and usually dig their dens on north-facing slopes to ensure good snow cover.

Take a rest on the bench when you reach the 4-way intersection. From the center of the bench take a bearing of 330° to spot a mother/child birch about 6 steps in. The Grizzly den is behind this pair, under a rock in a nook at the base.

After stamping in and replacing the box carefully, take the trail which heads north/northeast. When you reach a decision point, detour to the viewing deck for some great scenery. Then continue by following the streamside trail north until you reach another viewing platform. Return to the Nature Center by staying right on the Rodak Nature trail, ignoring the yurt, and taking a left at the final "T" intersection.

We live quite far away and can’t check on the box, so we would appreciate an email to let us know how the Grizzly is doing in her den. Thank you!