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Fortress of the Bear, Sitka

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  • Informative place to visit. Good viewing of bears and eagles, children can enjoy and animal lovers will appreciate. Small gift shop and nice hiking trail behind the fortress property.  more »
  • Educational and entertaining! The bears were fed salmon and were active and playful! Employees educate and answer questions etc All should visit and support.  more »
  • Great place to check out when in Sitka. The brown bears are huge and to be able to watch them from afar is fantastic!  more »
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  • 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.
  • Its was a great experience to see the bears. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
  • One of the coolest places to go in sitka. Seeing the bears, cubs and eagles flying around just makes you appreciate the beauty of Alaska!!
  • Fortress of the Bear is another rescue sanctuary in Sitka, a 501 non-profit, that is well worth your visit. There is an educational piece and you learn the plight of bears in Alaska; as they lose their territory cubs become orphaned and must be put down. This organization seeks to rescue and rehabilitate these cubs (that grow into adults). I'm not sure how successful they will be in releasing bears back into the wild, but they have successfully provided a stimulating and as natural as possible habitat for a small but wonderful collection of bears (5 brown bears, 3 black bears) at their site and provided other bears homes elsewhere. The bear enclosures are an interesting and successful story of re-purposed old clarifier tanks, which provide a large space for the bears that easily holds a pool of water for the bears to enjoy. These bears seem content and it is fun to watch their playful antics.