The Chilkoot Bear Foundation Imagines a Better World for Bears and People


Human-wildlife conflicts are a reality of life in places where population centers mix with the natural world. Dan Egolf, who has spent a lifetime in the wilderness around Haines, envisions a future where it doesn’t have to be that way. In 1985, Egolf cofounded Alaska Nature Tours, which became one of the first ecotourism companies to form partnerships with cruise lines traveling the Inside Passage. Hardly any bears were sighted during the first few years the company was running tours along the Chilkoot River. Decades later, bears are a staple of Alaska Nature Tours trips, and there are many more visitors and recreationists using the same area. Crowding of

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