"Watching the Bears Near Mendenhall" Juneau Things to Do Tip by TooTallFinn24

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  Brown Bears Enjoying A Tree
by TooTallFinn24
  • Brown Bears Enjoying A Tree - Juneau
      Brown Bears Enjoying A Tree
    by TooTallFinn24
  • Mom Guarding Her Cubs - Juneau
      Mom Guarding Her Cubs
    by TooTallFinn24

Wildlife abounds in the Juneau area. Even bears can be spotted frequently in not only remote areas but also within towns.

Just down the road from the Mendenhall Glacier is an area of a small creek and above grade walk way where you can view a lot of the areas wildlife. With a little luck you will be able to spot one or more black or brown bears.

Interestingly the difference between brown and black bears is not the color and black bears can be black, brown or cinnamon colored. The main difference between the black and brown bear is the formers straight facial structure. The brown bear is larger than the black bear with a distinct shoulder hump and bigger claws.

On our visit to the area we saw a mother brown bear and her two cubs. While the two cubs played and then decided to sleep in a tree the mother guarded them from any danger at the base of the tree. It made for a great photo opportunity since the bears were less than 25 feet away below the elevated walkway.

Directions: Just south of the Mendenall Glacier Visitor Center and west of the Mendenhall Parking Lot.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 24, 2012
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