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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Forest Service honors Anan bears with unique awards


October 12, 2022

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

A black bear ambles toward Anan Creek along the U.S. Forest Service wildlife observatory on Aug. 13. Brown bears and black bears that visit the creek to bulk up on salmon through the summer months were featured in the Forest Service's first-ever Anan Bear Awards last week.

The U.S. Forest Service spent last week showing that the wildlife at Anan Creek aren't your average bears.

From the chilliest to the chunkiest, the inaugural Anan Bear Awards were posted via Facebook from Oct. 3 to Oct. 7, honoring nine bears for their unique personalities.

Paul Robbins, public affairs officer for the Tongass National Forest, said the awards are modeled after the Katmai National Park and Preserve's Fat Bear Week held at the same time. In that event, National Park Service rangers put the bears' names into brackets like March Madness, and the public votes for their favorites.


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