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Bears in Hyder Alaska
July 24-27, 2015

map of Alaska showing location of Hyder

As per the sign below, bears often walk on the road, through the parking lot and along the dike. These are wild bears. For your own safety, please respect their need for space in and avoid confrontations with bears.

bear warning sign

The Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Bridge is a day-use recreation area at the Salmon River Valley in Hyder, Alaska. There is a daily entry fee. From this bridge, both brown grizzly and black bears can be observed and photographed in their natural habitat in this beautiful glacial river valley, as they fish for chum and pink salmon in the clear shallow Waters of Fish Creek. Bears use the site from mid-July through early September, following the arrival of salmon that return to the fresh waters of he creek to spawn. The site is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Forest Service employees are at the site to provide information about the bears and also, enforce site rules, and answer questions.

The bridge as seen from the road

The opposite side of the bridge
where bears do not go

bridge as seen from the road

other side of the bridge

The first bear the two RV gypsies saw was a bear new to the area (according to the ranger), and it got scared by the people and cameras on the viewing bridge and did not come very close.

bear 1 in Hyder

bear 1 in Hyder

bear 1 in Hyder

bear 1 in Hyder

The next bear the two RV Gypsies saw from the viewing bridge was a sow.

bear 2 in Hyder - a sow

bear 2 in Hyder - a sow

bear 2 in Hyder - a sow

sow with a fish

The third bear the two RV Gypsies saw from the viewing bridge was a male.

male bear

male bear

Another bear

bear 3 in Hyder

bear 3 in Hyder

July 25 - Lee went to the viewing bridge by himself early in the morning while Karen was still sleeping and he saw a bear playing in the water.

bear playing

bear playing

bear playing

bear playing

July 25 - bear # 2

bear in Hyder

bear splashing

bear crossing river

bear crossing river

July 25 - bear #2 - "Mr. Hang Lip" caught a fish

Mr. Hang Lip

Mr. Hang Lip gets a fish

Mr. Hang Lip gets a fish

Mr. Hang Lip gets a fish

July 25 - bear # 3

July 25 - bear # 3

bear eating fish

bear eating fish

bear eating fish

July 25 - bear #4

July 25 - bear #4

bear splashing after a fish

bear jumping in the water

A bald eagle and a bird

A bald eagle

bird

July 26 - bear #1

July 26 - bear #1

bear sitting in grass

A baby bald eagle. Some people thought it was a golden eagle because it did not have the white head, but the ranger said that there are not any golden eagles in this area.

baby bald eagle eating

baby bald eagle eating

Many other bald eagles were seen, mostly young ones, but they were flying overhead and Karen could not get good photos of them.

bald eagle flying

baby bald eagle in tree

baby bald eagle

Everyone thought the eagle would chase the bird away, but they co-existed just fine.

eagle and bird

eagle and bird

July 26 - bear #2

bear playing

The two RV Gypsies were pleased with the bears they saw here. However, when they were in Hyder in 2009, they saw a lot more bears, and many of the bears were in the road and parking lot, not just a the viewing river.

 

Scenery Travel from Hyder, Alaska back into British Columbia - July 28, 2015

Scenery Travel leaving Hyder Alaska Scenery Travel leaving Hyder Alaska

The below waterfall and river close to the road were photographed on the way into Hyder, and now, again on the way out of Hyder.

waterfall
Scenery Travel leaving Hyder Alaska Scenery Travel leaving Hyder Alaska

Entering British Columbia, Canada

sign: Entering British Columbia, Canada a big yellow pumpking head

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