Our day wound down as we entered Chapin Bay on Admiralty Island another stunning anchorage. The anchor was not even down before Jim spot the Big Guy! Yep a Brown bear on shore watching us. Brown bears once inhabited much of North America from the Great Plains to California. They disappeared from most states due to habitat loss and efforts to eradicate them. Today they occupy less than 1% of their former range. In Alaska the populations are healthy. Roughly 35,000-45,000 of these magnificent creatures roam freely. About a thousand are taken each year by hunters which are strictly monitored to preserve the species. Brown bears are distinguished by their prominent shoulder humps, dish-shaped face and long front claws. Their coats range in color from honey blonde to deep chocolate. Brown bears spend their waking hours in search of food, by end of summer most adult males weigh between 500-900 pounds with some weighing as much as 1,400 pounds. Such a bear, when standing on it's hind feet, is about 9 feet tall.
I have my bear bell at the ready and Jim has other means at the ready!
The rain has started.