Human-Bear Encounter Survey 2011-2012


Ever seen a bear in the wild?

Share your experiences and perspectives with us!


Participate in our survey on human-bear encounters:


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This survey is part of a PhD project and intends to record Alaska's residents perspectives and experiences encountering bears in the wild over the last 30 years. This research intends to evaluate circumstances and locations of bear encounters in relation to urbanization and people's perspectives, with the goal to inform wildlife management.

You will be asked about encounters you have had with bears (not in captivity), how those encounters affected you, about your recreational activities, and your general perceptions regarding bears. Please mark all that apply.

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For further information, please contact:

Kim Jochum, PhD candidate
Resilience and Adaptive Management (RAM) Group, University of Alaska Anchorage & Biology and Wildlife Department, University of Alaska Fairbanks
RAM Group, Biological Sciences, UAA
3101 Science Circle, Anchorage, AK 99508, USA
Phone 907‐786‐7749

Homepage Kim Jochum


Overall Project Description

This study is the first approach to treat human-bear interactions as a social-ecological system across time and space. Analyses combine both, social and ecological methodologies. The goal is to obtain detailed and structured results describing the linkages between social perceptions, land-use change and urbanisation. Those linkages will help to identify key factors that can achieve resilient bear conservation while managing for an increasing human footprint in Northern regions.

On the spatial scale this research approach compares Sakhalin Island, Russian Far East, with Alaska, focussing on the human-urban interface around Yuzhno, the largest city on Sakhalin Island, and the Anchorage-Kenai Peninsula region in Southern Alaska. Comparison across the Pacific Rim holds its strength in similarities (like economic interests in oil and gas development, fisheries) and key differences (implementation of a bear management) between regions. Methods include a mixed methods approach to gain qualitative and quantitative information from local people, remote sensing to generate maps in relation to urbanisation and land-use, and predictive modelling analysing relationships between parameters. The time-extend combines data from the 1990ies till today in three 10 year intervals. All research is carried out in both study regions in the same fashion, and compared will help understand key factors increasing human-bear encounters in each region. Results will show positive as well as negative (conflict) encounters between humans and bears, and model hot spots; for both encounter types in relation to urbanization and habitat. Additionally residentsperceptions will be compared, and future human-bear encounters predicted.