By Sarah Aslam
Wrangell Sentinel writer 

Their names bear repeating

There's a story to every Anan bear name


April 14, 2022

Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

Many of the Anan Creek bears have nicknames, such as Crack, given his name because he always watches for salmon from his favorite fishing spot, a crack between the rocks across the creek from the wildlife observatory.

WRANGELL-If visitors read the bear-sighting sheet at Anan Wildlife Observatory, which the workers fill out every season, bear names would sound more like tax forms: 7-05-A, for the first bear spotted on the stream to fish on July 5, and 7-05-B, for the second bear spotted on July 5.

Well, humans only do so well with numbering systems before our penchant for nicknames kicks in: Casino, Crack and Scuba Sue, to name a few.

Bear naming can be a controversial issue, Dee Galla, outdoor recreation planner at the Wrangell Ranger District in the Tongass National Forest, said April 5.

"Some folks d...

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