The Beautiful Alaskan Island Where Bears Outnumber The People
Alaska is home to almost 3,000 islands. There’s one Alaskan island, however, where the bears outnumber the people. This incredible island has many different engaging aspects, but without a doubt, the most unique part is the amount of Alaska brown bears that inhabit this great land.
Admiralty Island is an island in the Alexander Archipelago in southeast Alaska.
It's name in Tlingit, Xootsnoowú, actually means "Fortress of the Bear." This island has the largest density of brown bears in North America!
This island is the 7th largest island in the United States and is divided by the Seymour Canal.
The majority of the island, almost 955,000 acres, is home to the Admiralty Island National Monument. This is a federally protected wilderness area, run by the Tongass National Forest.
More than 1,600 Alaskan brown bears inherit the island within this protected area.
With Admiralty Island's human population at about 650, that means the bears outnumber the people 3 to 1. They live in the old growth temperate rainforest on the island.
This rainforest is home to more than just the bears!
This provides some of the best habitats in the state for brown bears, bald eagles, and Sitka black-tailed deer. This temperate rainforest is called the Kootznoowoo Wilderness.
Admiralty Island has numerous incredible outdoor recreation options.
Kayaking the waters, including the coves around the island, is a favorite pastime. There is also the Cross Admiralty Canoe Route, which links a series of public service cabins throughout the island's lakes through portages.
Admiralty Island is an incredible visit for anyone, Alaskan and tourist alike.
The island offers many incredible ways to enjoy a beautiful piece of Alaska. Seeing and enjoying the bears are just the tip of the iceberg of a stunning island!
Have you ever visited Admiralty Island? What did you think? Did you run across any brown bears? Let us know in the comments below!
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