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The three Little Bears
Posted by Sockeye Sam on Apr 27 2006
As some of you may recall last summer some brilliant guy decided it would be neat to kill a mother bear and leave the 3 2 year old cubs to fend for themselves. To make matters more interesting this same guy also wounded one of the cubs in the foot.
On our last day on the Kenai peninsula my wife and I stopped in the wildlife refuge and saw 2 of the cubs on the Russan river.According to the park rangers the 3ed had disappeared.
At the time this happened there was much concern expressed over the future of the cubs.Im wondering if anyone can give me an update on what happened to them?

Saw them in October
Posted by Michael Strahan on Apr 28 2006
 
Hey Sam,

I saw the two cubs in October, down past the guardrail hole below the Russian confluence.  I'm concerned that they will end up being problem bears, as there is now nobody around to keep them away from people.  Of course, the sow in question was doing a pretty poor job of it to begin with.  I saw her drop the cubs off at the ferry crossing and go back in the woods while the cubs raided everyone's fish caches in the water there.  

I don't want to get into a debate over who was there first, etc, etc.  My point is that based on the behavior of this sow, it was only a matter of time until somebody started shooting.  I fear that the two cubs are next, unless they somehow get the right idea and keep out of trouble.  Last time I saw them, they had no apparent fear of man though.

Lest I be misunderstood (yeah, I know, how could THAT ever happen?), I am dead-set against what happened with the sow and other cub.  I think the person who shot them WAY over-reacted.  But... these were problem bears in the making.  It happens.

-Mike

Still around
Posted by Gambler on May 03 2006
 
They (one of the males and the injured female) have already been spotted near the Russian/Kenai confluence this spring.

Three little bears
Posted by Sockeye Sam on Apr 28 2006
 
Mike,
You put a slant on this saga.As I recall last Summer most all of the posts had the guy who shot the bear in th same class as Hitler and the Sow as one the angels.I guess the truth lies somewhere in between.
At that time the concern expressed by most people was that the cubs would be killed by a adult male.

Oh Yeah-
Posted by Michael Strahan on Apr 28 2006
 
You're probably correct that the cubs will be killed by an "adult male"; it remains to be see exactly what species of adult male does it though.  My bet is that it will be a human.

To clarify, I'm not remotely sympathetic toward the chucklehead that shot the two bears last summer, I'm just saying that it was probably inevitable.  You get this many bears together with this many people, all competing for the same resource... it's just a matter of time until you have conflict.  The huge number of salmon carcasses in the river don't help much either, however we've had carcasses in our salmon rivers for generations before people ever fished here.  Anyway, it wouldn't surprise me to see something happen this summer.  Again.

-Mike

Three little bears
Posted by Sockeye Sam on Apr 28 2006
 
Mike,
You put a slant on this saga.As I recall last Summer most all of the posts had the guy who shot the bear in th same class as Hitler and the Sow as one the angels.I guess the truth lies somewhere in between.
At that time the concern expressed by most people was that the cubs would be killed by a adult male.

Russian River Bears
Posted by alaskanfishguides on Apr 28 2006
 
I too saw the bears in October and took a few photos (posted at www.alaskanfishguides.com ; click on the photo galleries).  I have already heard reports that they are back (2 of them) in the area and doing fine.  Last I heard, they were at the community landfill, just being bears.  I suspect that they will be back to the Russian sometime in June when the first run of fish start showing up.


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