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By Dan Rudy 

Bearfest bringing chef in addition to researchers


Dan Rudy / Petersburg Pilot

A group of visitors to Anan Wildlife Observatory get a close-up view of a black bear on July 6. Salmon in the nearby creek draws both black and brown bears to the site, offering a rare opportunity to see both species at once in the wild.

WRANGELL – Events for the 7th Annual Bearfest are already underway, with the first two workshops and symposium presented yesterday at the Nolan Center.

The annual activity was started in 2010 by Sylvia Ettefagh, an outfitter with Alaska Vistas and commercial fisherman. Drawing a number of notable speakers and participants each year, Bearfest serves to highlight the local bear population, particularly that found at nearby Anan Wildlife Observatory.

About 30 miles southeast of Wrangell, the observatory overlooks Anan Creek's lower falls, which is a popular fishing spot for both brown and bl...

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