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Fortress of the Bear, Sitka

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  • It is a good way to see Grizzly and Black bear up close. They have a great covered overlook at the top of stairs. Bears are everywhere in that area, but here you can see them within 20 feet or so.  more »
  • Great Organization that helps out Bears. It was nice to see the Bears interact and play with each other.  more »
  • This is not a zoo. So if you're looking for one don't come here. It's nice because these bears are orphaned. If you ask the workers they will tell you their story. I believe there are 8 bears total bu...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Such a cool exhibit, with brown bears, black bears, and tons of eagles lurking on by. A great non profit organization that takes great care of orphan bears. Great place for adults and kids will be mesmerized. I can't recommend it highly enough, we went twice in a three day period.
  • I know, I know -- I'm the minority opinion here, because no one in our party of four found anything endearing about the Fortress of the Bear. What sounds like a compelling story -- cubs, saved from euthanasia by placing them in a walled containment facility -- struck us as the result of good intentions gone awry. While closely-cropped images on the facility's website showcase the animals, in person, we couldn't not see the dreary environment, with trash floating in the water and busted tired strewn across the landscape. The bears may love it -- but we left depressed and a little sad. Not recommended.
  • If you get here at as soon as it open the Bears at active and you can actually see them moving, playing and just having fun.
  • Kodiak bears, brown bears....and best of all its a sanctuary . ..get up close!!