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Fortress of the Bear, Sitka

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Bears ruled Alaska long before fishermen, gold miners, or cruise ships arrived. As their territory has diminished, more and more bear cubs have become orphaned. The state of Alaska has no bear rehabilitation program in place, and unfortunately orphaned cubs are routinely shot by the Department of Fish and Game for lack of an alternative. Until now. At Fortress of the Bear, our mission is to rescue cubs, bring them back to health and provide a long life full of enrichment.

Our rescue center opened in 2007, and now houses 8 bears. More than 20,000 visitors per year come to experience the majesty of these amazing creatures. We've sent cubs to the Bronx Zoo, Montana Grizzly Encounter and the International Big Cat in Boyd, Texas - we’ve given a total of 3 bear cubs a second chance. Our goal is to work with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game to someday release rehabbed bears back into the wild. As a 501(C)3 not-for-profit organization, we rely solely on admission fees and donations for funding.
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  • We visited via a escorted trip. This is a wonderful up close and personal but safe way to see the alaskan bears. Also, it is interesting since the facility was an old pulp mill which has been... 
    We visited via a escorted trip. This is a wonderful up close and personal but safe way to see the alaskan bears. Also, it is interesting since the facility was an old pulp mill which has been...  more »
  • Just had a private tour with the owner Les, omg, he’s got an incredible history in Alaska. His got a heart as large as the state when it comes to his bears! Claire was wonderful as well, I got to be....  more
    Just had a private tour with the owner Les, omg, he’s got an incredible history in Alaska. His got a heart as large as the state when it comes to his bears! Claire was wonderful as well, I got to be....  more »
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  • We absolutely loved seeing the rescued bears up close. They have ramps everywhere, so those with mobility issues can still enjoy the experience. They even have step stools so the vertically challenged don't miss anything. They have a great gift shop as well.
  • Great place to see bears and saw 4 bald eagles. Take the Tribal Tours not the cruise ship excursions, you have more time to spend looking at the bears. Jeff at the Fortress was very informative and one of the young brown bear responded to him like a brother bear playing with them. We enjoyed our visit with the bears in Sitka..

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