NPCA's Park Advocate » bears News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 22 May 2015 14:43:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Unsportsmanlike Conduct Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:45:56 +0000 I get a real sense of accomplishment when the Park Service takes action on an issue we’ve been pushing for years. In early April, the agency renewed temporary regulations to keep hunters from killing black bear cubs and sows with cubs with spotlights at their den sites in Gates of the Arctic and Denali National […]]]> 0 Friday Photos: Happy Anniversary ANILCA Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:54:51 +0000   Earlier this month, more than 100 million acres of public land in Alaska shared one common anniversary: On December 2, Lake Clark, Kenai Fjords, and other parks and preserves established through the Alaskan National Interest Land Conservation Act, or ANILCA, turned 32 years old. This federal legislation created ten different national parks and expanded three others in America’s largest, wildest state, including: Aniakchak National […]]]> 0 Getting Close to Katmai’s Bears in the Hopes of Protecting Them Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:14:00 +0000 I recently captured the true essence of seeing brown bears up very close and personal in the wild with my camera at Katmai National Park and Preserve. Joined by three colleagues and our passionate guide and partner in bear conservation, Dave Bachrach from AK Adventures, we departed from the coastal town of Homer via float […]]]> 1 Friday Photo: A Cool Swim at Katmai Fri, 01 Jun 2012 08:20:57 +0000 It seems like a simple but special moment: a brown bear peeks his head from the deep blue ripples of Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve with his fur washed back, revealing a timeless, almost sorrowful expression. Lucky shot, you might think. But for freelance Alaskan photographer Patrick Endres, days of preparation may […]]]> 0 NPS Should Not Be Forced to Support Alaska’s War on Bears Wed, 01 Feb 2012 14:04:14 +0000 I like bears. It’s one of the reasons I moved to Alaska over 30 years ago. There is something about traveling in the wilderness with wild animals that are bigger than you that provides an edge to your outdoor experience. And I’ve seen my fair share of bears over the years… hundreds and hundreds of them […]]]> 4