By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

'Bears are cool,' and Anan a great spot to watch and learn, says researcher


August 2, 2023

Caroleine James/Wrangell Sentinel

At a BearFest science symposium on July 27, wildlife researcher Shawn Crimmins explains how facial recognition software could one day be used to track the movements of individual bears.

Each season, a few thousand visitors flock to Anan Wildlife Observatory to watch bears pluck salmon out of Anan Creek. But this popular viewing spot is more than just a fun afternoon getaway - it's also an important site for research on bear populations, habitat and resource needs. In fact, observation sites like these could point the way to less invasive methods for bear research in the future.

On July 27, at one of three BearFest symposiums, Shawn Crimmins of the U.S. Geological Survey and researcher Kayleigh McCarthy, a master's student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, presented o...

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