Fortress of the Bear

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The Fortress of the Bear features five orphaned Alaskan brown bear cubs of various ages in a man-made natural environment. This is an exciting place to get a close-up look at the playful side of one of Alaska's many incredible inhabitants. The mission of the Fortress is to provide an alternate option for urbanized cub orphans to live and grow instead of simply getting rid of them.

The Fortress has a raised viewing platform to look down onto two separate holding environments for the bears. In one side, there are two older bears and a large pond to swim in, and the other side is set up as a natural playground for three younger cubs. Each side boasts about 3/4 of an acre and up to 17 foot high walls. There is plenty of room for these creatures to live a healthy outdoor lifestyle.

The owners of the Fortress of the Bear are very knowledgeable about the bears habits, diet, needs, and receive donations year round of fish, fruits and vegetables, and other foods. They can tell you all about the bears they house, and even will show you some of the fun tricks they have taught the bears.

The Alaskan coastal Brown bear is closely related to the well-known Grizzly bear. They are incredibly smart and grow to massive sizes in just a short time. This is a must see during your visit to Sitka!

 

Watch For...
Snack time...it is entertaining to watch the owners show off the tricks they have taught the fun-loving Brown bears!

HOURS AND FEES
October 1 - April 15; Friday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 16 - September; 7 days a week 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $10/adult, $5/children, ages 7 & under free

Phone: (907) 747-3032 OR (907) 747-3350
Website:
http://www.fortressofthebear.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dear Theresa, I've never before been motivated to compliment a fishing lodge on its service... I expect good service. However, when the lodge reaches a standard of excellence that you folks provided, I'm compelled to comment... Well done! From the personal attention you provided prior to our arrival, to the packing and delivery of our fish, everything was truly excellent. We came to fish, and Captain John delivered. I have fished all over the world and have never met a charter captain more concerned or better at putting me on the fish. From the excellent food to the pleasant atmosphere and helpful staff, the Wild Strawberry Lodge is tops. Thanks for making this a trip to remember. God willing... see you next year. -R.D.H. (June 2010)