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    Default black bear near Yakutat?

    Are there many blackies on the shores near Yakutat? How much snow is up there? Is this a typical year, or is this a late spring?

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    Reports are a late spring, lot's of snow still on the ground. I've been going there for 10 years and never seen a Bkackie, lots of Brown though!!!

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    Rent a skiff and head out to knight island and you will find plenty of blacks.

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    Lots of blacks there - Heard they get a lot of Glacier bears there too.

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    I do not think you can use the words "a lot of" and "Glacier Bear" in the same scentence. Yes you can find them in Yakutat but the ones that normally come out of Yakutat are from guides, some charging a heafty trophy fee if you harvest one. The one you can could plan on seeing in Yakutat is in the airport, I believe more are seen around Juneau than in Yakutat and there is one in the airport there too. Most would probably agree there are more blacks in other areas, maybe even some with less rain.

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    Oh there is Glacier bears on knight island alright!

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    Are there any browns on knight island?

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    Just repeating what a taxidermist told me in town :P

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    Saw two brownies today no blacks though
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    I lived in Yakutat, years ago. Lots of Brownies on the flats. You really need to get into the mountains to find the Blacks. Take a boat and start glassing the mountain-sides just past Knight Island as you travel to Russell Fiord. I used to see a black bear occasionaly crossing "the road", following a creek.

    I was down on the dock, one spring, when a "tourist" ran up to me and asked if I wanted to see the Glacier Bear he had killed.

    We walked down to a fishing boat, being used by a local guide, where he showed me a black bear hide.

    "That is a plain ole Black Bear." I said.

    "On no!" He argued. "My guide says it is a Blue Bear. He said to have it mounted then put a blue light on it!"

    "In that case," I replied, "You will have a Blue Bear!"

    It has been 30 years and I'm still blessed with a chuckle everytime I tell the story.

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    Hahaha great story!
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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