April 29, 2013

Campground Crazies Facts

  • Bear and human remains can look similar, but Alaska State Troopers are trained to know the difference. The size of the remains and the position of the joints are two ways they determine whether remains are bear or human.

  • Juneau, Alaska was once a fish camp for the indigenous Tlingit Indians. In 1880, gold led prospectors to the area, and the City of Juneau was formed in 1900.

  • 340,000 chum salmon are valued at more than $2.3 million dollars.

  • Juneau, Alaska’s capital, is located in the southeast region of the state and has a population of over 32,000.

  • The Alaska Native Heritage Center lists 11 major indigenous cultural groups in Alaska: the Inupiaq, the St. Lawrence Island Yupik, the Yup’ik, the Cup’ik, the Aleut, the Alutiiq, the Athabascan, the Eyak, the Tlingit, the Haida, and the Tsimshian.

  • Kaltag sits on the west bank of the Yukon River, on a 35-foot bluff at the base of the Nulato Hills. It is west of the Innoko National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Kaltag’s 200 or so residents are Koyukon Athabascans, a federally-recognized tribe. They hold a week-long Stick Dance, a part of Athabascan culture.

  • Despite being inactive all winter, hibernating bears don't experience bone loss. Their bones degenerate, but they recycle the calcium and phosphorus back into rebuilding the bones. People don’t recycle calcium well, so when a person is inactive, rapid bone loss is the result.

  • A hibernating bear can lose 15-30 of its body weight, but they are not starving. Their internal reserves give them adequate nutrition, allowing bears to maintain their muscle mass and organ tissues.

  • The biggest bear on record in modern times was a 2,200-pound polar bear. It was 11 feet tall, and was shot in Alaska in the 19th century.

  • Many communities in Alaska were built on the site of Native villages, but Glennallen is not one of them. The region around Glennallen has historically been occupied by the Ahtna, but Glennallen is currently a non-Native community.

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