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Address: 4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835
Phone Number: +1 907-747-3032
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Fortress of the Bear

We really loved seeing the bears fairly close up in a safe environment. We wish they were able to take care of and relocate more bears. They are trying to save more bear cubs... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Novato, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We really loved seeing the bears fairly close up in a safe environment. We wish they were able to take care of and relocate more bears. They are trying to save more bear cubs and to change Alaska's law. This was one of our favorite places we saw in Alaska.

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el cerrito, california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

In this place, operational only since 2007, bear cubs whose mothers have been killed, are lovingly taken care off. The State of Alaska usually kills orphaned cubs, so it is heartwarming to see a private party take it up on themselves to save some of these. When we were there, they had about 12 bears rescued from the wild. They... More 

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Austin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I love that there are animal lovers of all kinds. The location is hard to find. Of you go all the way to the end of Saw Mill Rd and turn around it comes up on the right pretty fast. They can't put signs out further due to State Park Regulations. Worth the 10$. I got great photos!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This place rehabilitates bears in a very large outdoor area. It is a bit like a zoo but on a grander scale. The owner is an enthusiast. The Eagles are also well worth seeing.at this place. Well worth the visit to get your fix on bears, as it is pretty hard to really see them in the wild....and really, you... More 

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Petaluma, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Several different types of bears in an interesting venue. Bears which cannot be released in to the wild are cared for in a natural environment by a bootstrapped caretaker couple. Sitting in the treetops surrounding the bears are numerous bald eagles.

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coronado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

When we arrived in Sitka from our cruise ship we paid $10 for a shuttle which would take us to the Raptor Center as well as the Fortress of the Bear, with an hour at each stop. I thought it would be too much time at the Fortress, but I didn't want to leave after the hour was up. The... More 

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Chester, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We visited FoB when our cruise ship docked in Alaska. It was amazing to see the bears at such close quarters. The people there are really concerned about their bears and the fate of abandoned /orphaned cubs in Alaska. They do a great job providing a safe haven and a fun habitat for these bears. This is really worth a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

What a labor of love for all those involved in this program. This is not a zoo, but a safe haven for orphaned bears. It's amazing what a small group of dedicated people can do.

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Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

My husband and I visited FotB on a recommendation from another couple who were staying at our hotel in Sitka. I was afraid it would be a sad looking zoo or tourist trap, and was very happy to put those fears to rest. These bears were rescued as cubs, fortunately for them, because it is the policy in AK to... More 

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Troy, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Separate enclosures for bears rescued from poor circumstances. Goal is rehabilitation, but when that isn't possible, they have a lot of open space and are very well-treated.

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Address: 4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835
Phone Number: +1 907-747-3032
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Sitka
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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