All Ages Program Nature writer and author Bill Sherwonit discusses how humans can safely – and respectfully – coexist with black and brown bears, from the city to remote backcountry.

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Alaska Zoo sadly announces death of beloved polar bear Ahpun

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Zoo’s female polar bear Ahpun passed away on Dec. 31, 2017. Originally arriving at the Alaska Zoo in March 1998 as a 31-pound cub after she was orphaned outside of Point Lay, Alaska, Ahpun lived to be 20 years old and grew to just over 700 pounds. The average lifespan for a polar bear in the wild is 15 to 18 years.

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Eagle River Brown Bears Prompt Schools Safety Advisory

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is aware of a brown bear sow and three cubs frequenting Eagle River neighborhoods on both sides of the river, particularly from West Parkview Terrace to Banff Springs Street. Parents who have children walking to neighborhood elementary, middle, and high schools or standing at school bus stops should take precautions including considering providing alternate transportation to schools to avoid students walking through neighborhoods in early morning or evening hours.

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