Black bears are the smallest bears in Alaska, but this is relative. Adult males can weigh close to 300 pounds. They are found in heavily forested areas throughout Alaska and are amazingly good tree climbers. We have two adult black bears at AWCC, that will have forever homes here.
Kuma is a male black bear that was brought to AWCC in May 2002, weighing only three pounds. He was found alone in a hole in a backyard in Trapper Creek, AK. The homeowner was putting in a septic system and when the mother bear passed by, the cub fell in and was unable to climb out. When the cub was discovered, the sow was nowhere to be found. One of Kuma’s favorite hangouts at AWCC is high up in the cottonwood trees. He spends hours napping comfortably in the high elevation and doesn’t appear to be bothered by heavy rain or high winds!
Uli is our female black bear that arrived to our care in 2002. Uli was found wondering the streets of downtown Juneau as a five pound cub, her mother could not be located. She was named for an Alaska Airlines staff member who assisted in her relocation to the Center.