In an average year the coastal grizzlies of Southeast Alaska begin appearing on the beaches in mid to late April. However, this past winter was very warm and spring vegetation that normally emerges in late April was up and green at the end of March.

Last Monday my friend Lee and I walked up one of our river valleys to check for signs of bear...
“Is her head up?” asked Myron Means, the Large Carnivore Coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC). His is assistant, Alex, replied, “Yep, she’s looking right at me.” He had just crept into a sow bear’s den and shot her with a tranquilizer dart.