Herring Cove Bear Viewing
By Jeff Hendrickson
August 13, 2007
I was extremely saddened tonight as I drove out to Herring Cove
to watch the bears. I have been going there for a number of years,
as the salmon returning to the hatchery attract the bears and
the eagles. It has been an awesome place to view nature at its
finest from the road system. The south side of the upper cove
has been closed to the public of Ketchikan now for a couple years,
unless you want to pay the $20.00 for a guided tour and, oh yeah,
only on Sunday at 2 p.m. for locals. So I've moved to the north
side of the cove to watch the animals. Well, that was until this
time. Tonight I drove out with my four year old daughter to the
cove and found that it is all strung with ribbons and rope and
signs saying "private property no tresspassing."
I don't know what, if anything,
has caused this action, but to say the least, it is very disappointing
to see one of the few viewing areas of this kind closed to the
point where it is no longer viewable unless you want to be one
of the "Local" $20.00 group. My daughter had a hard
time understanding why she didn't get to see the bears tonight.
I don't understand what the
harm is in standing in a vacant lot on the side of the road where
there are no houses, and watching and taking pictures of the
wildlife. I have never seen anyone being rude or loud in all
the times I have been there. I know my children have all enjoyed
watching the animals that they don't get to see every day. As
for the other side of the cove, I guess the dollar signs say
it all!!!!! I'm just sorry to see it go.
Received August 11, 2007 - Published August 13, 2007
About: "41 year Ketchikan
born and raised resident."
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