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By Sarah Aslam
Wrangell Sentinel 

Their names bear repeating

 

April 13, 2022

2019 photo/Courtesy U.S. Forest Service

Many of the Anan Creek bears have nicknames, such as Crack, given his name because he always watches for salmon from his favorite fishing spot, a crack between the rocks across the creek from the wildlife observatory.

If visitors read the bear-sighting sheet at Anan Wildlife Observatory, which the workers fill out every season, bear names would sound more like tax forms: 7-05-A, for the first bear spotted on the stream to fish on July 5, and 7-05-B, for the second bear spotted on July 5.

Well, humans only do so well with numbering systems before our penchant for nicknames kicks in: Casino, Crack and Scuba Sue, to name a few.

Bear naming can be a controversial issue, Dee Galla, outdoor recreation planner at the Wrangell Ranger District in the Tongass National Forest, said April 5.

"Some folks don't like...



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