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Fortress of the Bear, Sitka

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  • Catch the bus from town to get here for $2 per person each way. It's a bit too far to walk. Amazing place that is a credit to the founders and the staff. You are really close to the Bears on the platf...  more »
  • Imagine being within 20 feet of an 1100 pound brown bear. This sanctuary offers everything when it comes to bears. First time I have ever watched a bear eat salmon in real life.  more »
  • I've been to Admiralty and seen brown bears in their natural habitat and only visited Fortress of the Bear so first time visitors to Alaska would have an opportunity to see bears. I'm so glad we went!...  more »
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  • First of all, I don't think this is a zoo. This is a sanctuary where people do their best to save bears and show how wonderful these animals are. Make no mistake: if they released them to the wild they wouldn't have survived. They were rescued and they got used to human environment. Excellent place, very informative, well run, fun. Thanks guys.
  • Really cool bear sanctuary - it's not like a typical zoo and the bears have plenty of room to move around. The founder seems very passionate about the animals and the work. It's not a large destination, but definitely cool to see these animals in a more open environment.
  • This is one of my two favorite tourist attractions in Sitka. Here, visitors can watch bears eat, play, and sleep. The bears kept here usually start as cubs that lost their mother, and would otherwise perish in the wild.
  • Took a shore excursion off the cruise ship to this facility, very top notch place to save the bears, other wise there fate would be to be destroyed. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great viewing area.
  • I have to agree with Mark McElroy's review below - this place was depressing. It is sad to think that these bears will live out the rest of their lives in these inadequate conditions.

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