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Fortress of the Bear

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Address: 4639 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835
Phone Number: +1 907-747-3032
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Sanctuary for bears, reasonable price, important work being conducted

This place is a sanctuary for orphaned grizzly and black bears- they have 5 grizzlies and 3 black bears. It's an enclosure, so their range isn't unlimited, but it's very large... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I really wanted to like this place. If it were at all like the Alaska raptor center I would have loved it. The mission is great -- to save cubs from dying in the wild. I can only imagine the expense to do this but this was a very sad place with wild animals inside metal pens with not much... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This place is a sanctuary for orphaned grizzly and black bears- they have 5 grizzlies and 3 black bears. It's an enclosure, so their range isn't unlimited, but it's very large and 'naturalistic, and there's a very nice covered viewing area so you can enjoy watching their behaviors rain or shine. The naturalist was excellent and there's a nice little... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Sad to see these bears in a captive state, but it is better than the fate they may have faced if left unprotected in the wild. The staff is well trained and treat the bears with respect. This site is worth the short trip out of Sitka to view.

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The re-use of the facility is such a great idea. These bears would have been destroyed otherwise. Had an opportunity to see two of the Bears have a dispute. Very impressed.

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austin, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Excellent bear viewing in unusual setting. He has raised these bears from childhood, has eight in total - brown and black. They are remarkable to watch as he shouts requests to them.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

bears saved are treated and kept. Out of town. EXplanation given by the keeper. Worth visiting. Only 7 bears present.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A great way to see bears! One even climbed up on a stump and posed for us. There are big enclosures for the bears to play. The people who work there are very knowledgeable.

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Read about this attraction on Trip Advisor and was really glad we chose to go.We had arrived a day early for our cruise and needed something to fill the time. This proved to be the perfect distraction. We called Hank's Cab to take us out to the site as it is approximately 6 miles from center of town. Since we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Really enjoyed seeing the bears. Im happy knowing the orphaned bears will be cared for. I like that they have water to swim in and trunks of trees to play with.

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Nashville, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Wonderful opportunity to see dedicated efforts to rehab sick, injured and or orphaned bears in an environment that allows them to be wild bears. Viewing is up close and the staff provides very informative information about bears, their habitat and the struggles they face in survival.

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