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By Dan Rudy 

Races, photographs and plenty of bears in annual festival


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Seated at right just before the July 4th parade, artist Ceona Koch tops a float along with this year's Bearfest bear, which she decorated earlier this year with a combination of acrylic and house paints, and a Sharpie marker.

events next week, the ninth Wrangell has hosted.

The five-day series of events has been organized each year by Sylvia Ettefagh, an outfitter with Alaska Vistas whose work frequently conveys visitors southward to the Anan Wildlife Observatory, a mainland enclosure overlooking the Anan Creek lower falls and its robust bear population. As Alaskan a sight as the salmon they come to feed upon, the festival highlights these black and brown bears inhabiting the area surrounding Wrangell.

Chock full of information about them and the ecosystems they rely upon, a series of symposia will be held throu...

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