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By Dan Rudy 

Anan Creek observatory top Wrangell attraction


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

A black bear at Anan Creek realizes she's been spotted, while looking for salmon at the lower falls July 30. Located on the mainland about 30 miles south of Wrangell, the area is one of the few where black and brown bears can be observed sharing the same waters.

Anan Wildlife Observatory is apparently the place to be in Wrangell, according to a recent survey. A study commissioned in June and released earlier this month by the Wrangell Convention and Visitors Bureau found Anan to be the city's most popular visitor destination.

Travelers migrate to the area each year from early July to late August to view Anan's bears, which themselves have arrived to take advantage of what is Southeast Alaska's largest pink salmon spawning event.

According to United States Forest Service records of the site, between 2,400 and 2,800 visitors make it to Anan each summ...

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