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Old July 6th, 2004, 08:31 PM
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Default Neets Bay Bear Watch Exibition

I just booked the Neets Bay Bear Watch Exhibition in Ketchikan for July 23rd. Now I am concerned that it maybe too early in the season to see bears. I assumed that if they offered the tour you would see bears. I hope I'm not wrong. Has anyone actually been to Neets Bay around this date in previous years?
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Also, are you allowed to bring a small backpack with you?
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Old July 6th, 2004, 09:15 PM
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My opinion only- you are too early for Neets. I have been there in August with good sightings. One thing I ALWAYS research is PEAK time. I never would consider booking on the fringes. Overall out of Ketchikan- bear watching is best from the very end of July to the beg. of Sept. You need the full salmon runs. I don't want a tour spent the entire time waiting for bears- I want them there -and many of them, with established habits. This tour just opens July 20.
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Old July 6th, 2004, 10:01 PM
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Thanks so much for your reply. I'm sure that you're right. My only problem is my kids have heard so much about the bears and the salmon run for a friend of mine that went. It is the tour they are most looking forward to. I hate to spend the money and not see bears but I might have to take the chance.
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Old July 17th, 2004, 11:12 PM
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Nancy, I use to work there doing the tours. It is early to see bears. There's always a good chance of seeing them but it's definitaly not as good as it will be a week later.

However I only saw two tours in two years that failed to see bears. And that's an average of 4-6 tours a day for ten weeks
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Old July 20th, 2004, 09:29 PM
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Kew, I have the Neets tour booked for Aug 5 (my birthday!). From your post, I'm feeling pretty confident (at least hopeful) we'll see at least 1 bear.

Having worked there, can you tell me what to expect? I heard/read (?) somewhere that the only thing between you and the bear is a rope - that you're in the grass next to the river and the bear are (hopefully) in the river. Is there any danger? Does the guide have a gun just in case a bear comes after a person? I hope there are ALOT of salmon to keep them occupied!

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Old July 21st, 2004, 07:40 AM
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You should see bears. The black bears are very timid and essentially no risk to humans. Enjoy the views!!!
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Old July 21st, 2004, 04:46 PM
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Karen,
Do you have a couple of companies that offer this tour and their websites? So first week of Sep should still be peak?
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Old July 21st, 2004, 09:22 PM
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No first week of Sept is just past peak. Look at www.visit-ketchikan.com several independents listed, including Island Wings and Carlin Air.
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