Kenai Grizzly Seen at Kincaid

BLACKIE COUNTRY: Park warns visitors to exercise caution

Peter Porco / Anchorage Daily News . July 15, 2004


A brown bear was seen in Kincaid Park over the weekend, according to city parks officials.

Bear sightings in the big park in the southwest corner of Anchorage are not rare, but the more common visitor would be a black bear, not a grizzly, said Ron Randall, an city outdoor recreation manager and Kincaid's supervisor.

The bear was seen Sunday morning walking on Raspberry Road just west of the pedestrian bridge over the road, said Bob Hughes, a recreation supervisor for the municipality.

A park visitor who knows what a brown bear looks like informed park staff that he saw the animal from 20 yards away as it walked up the road, Hughes said.

It was unclear whether the man was driving or riding a bike.

By Sunday evening, a sandwich-board sign stood on the shoulder of the road beneath the bridge. The sign cautions visitors that park users have made brown bear sightings recently at the Sisson, Mize and Margaux's loop trails, and at the bridge.

Some of the sighting reports were vague, Randall acknowledged. But it's better to err on the side of caution and suggest that visitors be careful, he said.

Hughes separately warned that two moose, each with calves, have been hanging out in the vicinity of Kincaid's Little Campbell Lake and the Raspberry Road parking lot.

Moose calves draw bears, Hughes said. But even without the bears, moose with calves can be dangerous.

Another warning came from state biologist Rick Sinnott. He said visitors to Far North Bicentennial Park, where a man was recently run off by a brown bear sow with cubs, should be aware that the creeks are running with fish.

Which means bears are hanging out at the north and south forks of Campbell Creek, which course through the park.

"Make noise and let the bears know you're coming," Sinnott advised.

Daily News reporter Peter Porco can be reached at pporco@adn.com or 257-4582

 
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