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Fortress of the Bear, Sitka

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  • This facility fosters orphaned bears (Alaskan law calls for euthanizing orphan cubs) who have lost or been abandoned by their mothers. At the time of our visit they had several grizzlies and black bea...  more »
  • This attraction is located in an old water treatment facility and appears to be quite short on funds. They rehabilitate injured bears but the State of Alaska will not yet allow the rehabilitated bears...  more »
  • While the bears viewed, both grizzly and black bear, could not be returned to the wild they seemed to be well cared for although the black bears had created the usual stress track of caged animals. On...  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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