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    Default rumors of a bear out in western ak

    Saw photos today, allegadly from togiak refuge by togiak lake of a brown bear on a moose kill. bear looked in skinny shape. not sure how true it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRWNBR View Post
    Saw photos today, allegadly from togiak refuge by togiak lake of a brown bear on a moose kill. bear looked in skinny shape. not sure how true it is.
    I saw the same one. Refuge says the photo was taken by one of the refuge bios... given how weirdly warm the Interior is this year, sure could be legit.
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    The way the weathers' been the last few years nothin' would surprise me anymore. Bears out in the winter, moose calves being born in Jan....... who knows what's next? Maybe the sockeyes will start runnin' any day now...???
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRWNBR View Post
    Saw photos today, allegadly from togiak refuge by togiak lake of a brown bear on a moose kill. bear looked in skinny shape. not sure how true it is.
    I know the biologist that took photo and the F&W employee that posted the pic. It is a genuine pic of a January brown bear, from a few days ago. That pic makes me itch for my next bear hunt...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRWNBR View Post
    Saw photos today, allegadly from togiak refuge by togiak lake of a brown bear on a moose kill. bear looked in skinny shape. not sure how true it is.
    It's jot photoshopped. Open water on the lakes too.

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    ya saw the open water. uhg, i want that bear now...lol gotta be someone out there going after it by now.
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    1502519_10152914581510953_2148272810111049404_n.jpg Trapper friends saw this big guy last winter. F&W eventually killed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yukon254 View Post
    1502519_10152914581510953_2148272810111049404_n.jpg Trapper friends saw this big guy last winter. F&W eventually killed it.
    Why, did it get into trouble or was it starving to death...???
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    A bear out in mid winter will almost always get in trouble if its near people. This guy was on a trapline that a young guy was trapping. He traveled 50-miles in one night. Was skinny but still weighed 600 pounds.

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    It's on the Togiak NWR Facebook page.

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    A friend sent some close photos from the lodge he is care taking for. A very skinny brown has been hanging around biting buckets and snooping.

    My 'puter is broken or I would post the pics.
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    New Years weekend I found fresh tracks of a small Black Bear. Did not see the bear just the tracks. This was just two weeks ago.

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    here is the posting on facebook with 2 pictures

    Have there been times the last few weeks when it seemed more like spring break-up than winter? You know what I mean: warm temps (near 40), wind, rain, slush- decidedly not very winter-like. Well, you're not alone. Yesterday Supervisory Biologist Pat Walsh was doing wolf surveys and saw the following: Togiak Lake free of ice and a brown bear down near the lake feeding on a moose carcass. Yeah, that bear's probably thinking it feels a lot like spring break-up too.

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    Bears aren't true hibernators, the go into torpor, which is like hibernation, but they can awaken from it easily, unlike if they were truly hibernating.

    I've heard stories that Native Americans considered bears that are active in winter time to be the most dangerous and troublesome bears.
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    Can somebody please post the pic on here? Don't have a Facebook and would like to see the picture. Thanks in advance.

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    Default The photo is legit

    Hi all. I'm the one who posted the photos on the refuge website; FB page administrator is one of my many job duties as the Education and Outreach Specialist for Togiak Refuge. For those of you familiar with the AK Migratory Bird Calendar... that's another duty and one that has me very busy this month.

    The photos were taken by our Supervisory Biologist during an aerial wolf survey. He shared the photos with me and I put them on our FB page. The bear was on a moose kill fairly close to Togiak Lake. He also said that while there were wolves in the area his best guess is the bear itself did the killing. Not sure if this is allowed but here's the link; if I'm erring in doing this my apologies. I tried pulling up the page without logging in and can see the photos on the page, so I don't think you need to have FB to catch a glimpse.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Togia...60129130754010

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    ... and I just saw your post John, about it being Photoshopped. Careful there bud... you'll be walking fast trying to catch-up with me the next time we're out hunting.

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    https://www.facebook.com/36012913075...type=3&theater
    Here's a link, tho it may not work without an FB account.
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    Thanks for cross-posting the pics, Hippie.


    Quote Originally Posted by AK_Taxidermist View Post
    I tried pulling up the page without logging in and can see the photos on the page, so I don't think you need to have FB to catch a glimpse.
    No dice here. Faceborg grays out the page and requires a log-in. There wasn't any way I could find around it.

    On one hand, it's cool that our public agencies are embracing different "social media" formats in attempt to interact with more of the public. On the other hand, I think they get sucked in, just like many (most/all?) of the borg participants and lose perspective, forgetting that large numbers of people are not borg. A significant portion of the populous is increasingly being excluded as the agencies turn more and more of their information sharing focus to the likes of faceborg. I think all information shared by our gov agencies should be accessible to all the public equally, all the time. We shouldn't need to submit to insidious private enterprise players like faceborg in order to interact on equal footing with our gov agencies. (That, of course, is exactly what faceborg wants; to leverage literally everyone into using it). That's the gripe / challenge I would pass up to the FWS PIO's and managers, if I could...

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