We went back Palmer Creek for the first time this year for a bike ride. I counted 9 piles of bear poop on the road "Before" the start of the switchbacks and only two piles from the switchbacks to the end of the valley. Saw one Mt. Goat in the very back, and two black bears on the high side of the road, one just after the 110 degree turn at the end of the switchbacks the other was a mile further near the trail up to Nearhouse Mine. They were just feeding, I was in the passengers seat just looking at open areas, no binoculars.
We have some serious Moose hunting to do back there in seven weeks, so get those bears dead. (If your wondering what the point of this post is.......well hunt the bears where they poop because that is where they is eating, My feeling is most hunt the very back of the valley, and most of the bears are in the front of the valley). There was "NO" poop on the road past Nearhouse Mine.