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4639 Sawmill Creek Road
Sitka, Alaska 99835
USA

907 747-3032

Fortress Of The Bear an educational bear rescue center located in Sitka, Alaska. We bring orphaned bears from all over the state of Alaska and find homes for them in zoos and sanctuaries internationally.  We currently have 8 resident orphaned bears in 3 separate enclosures.  These enclosures mimic the natural settings that they would normally be found.  Visitors view from above in a covered area and have the opportunity to observe and photographic their continuous antics.

Our Team

Staff

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Les Kinnear
Co-Founder & Director

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Evy Kinnear
Co-Founder & Administrator

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Claire Turner
Bear Manager & Specialist

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Chris Turner
Operations Manager

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Volunteers

 
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Debi Terry

"I began volunteering at Fortress of the Bear in the Spring of 2009 right after moving to Sitka. My favorite bear is Lucky. He is laid back, can easily entertain himself for hours and loves spending time in the water. He also overcame a very serious injury as a young bear and is thriving now. I have had various responsibilities since I began volunteering from cleaning to helping with food prep and enrichment. My favorite things to do are picking wild foods for the bears and telling guests about these remarkable creatures. The most memorable moment I have had was just looking into the eyes of one of the bears and feeling that he was engaged in looking back at me. I hope I can volunteer another 10 years!"

Here's Debi, who runs a tour company, Specialized Tours of Sitka.

 

Kathy Ingallinera

"I started volunteering on Sundays in the summer of 2015. Killisnoo is my favorite bear because he is the "Underdog" and I like to root for him and encourage him, especially when he stands up for himself. He is sweet and just goes about his bear business, which I like. I help in the gift shop, with food prep, cleaning, recycling and telling the visitors about the bears."

Here's Kathy, pictured with her lovely rescue malamute, Bristol! 


Board of Directors

President:
Tonia Puletau-Lang

Secretary: 
SR Thorwood

Directors:
Phil Mooney
Hunter McIntosh
Bev Caldwell
Carol Odess