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Wildlife on Prince of Wales Island

One of the first things our river fishermen ask us is whether we have bear on the island.  As a matter of fact we do have black bear, but they prefer to keep their distance from people for the most part.  In late summer/early fall however, they are happy to share the stream with you.  As you fish for the silvers and the dying pink salmon begin to litter the riverbanks the black bear are more visible and content to feed on a most abundant food source.   The very best news is that we DO NOT have the brown bear, which are a more aggressive species.  We have a couple of cans of bear spray we loan out to groups who ask but nobody has ever used it.  Some folks pin a bell to their fishing vests.  But normal conversation should be enough to avoid a surprise encounter with a black bear.

The Sitka Black Tail deer is the most common thing you will see, though mostly does.  The hunting season is from August through December so the bucks make you work to find them.  Hunters typically climb the smaller mountains in pursuit of a Booner.  The rut generally occurs in November and during that time the bucks run after the does with disregard to their safety.

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