Alaska's Fortress of the Bear Plans to Expand

  • Alaska's Fortress of the Bear Plans to Expand

    Bear Necessities

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

Fortress of the Bear, a safe haven for orphaned bears in Sitka, Alaska, is hoping to expand its facilities in 2019. The proposed new visitor center will include a number of features to enhance the guest experience, such as an indoor expansion on the bear-viewing deck and a larger gift shop with ground-floor bearviewing windows. The center, which was founded in 2002, is currently home to nine bears and receives more than 20,000 visitors each year. The mission of the organization is to nurse orphaned cubs back to health. The organization’s long-term goal is to start a pilot rehab and release program for the state of Alaska (which currently does not allow for the release of orphaned bears in the wild). fortressofthebear.org

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