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At Wrangell, the cause for a grin is a bear

...encounters with bears have shaped his art. On Bearfest's first day, retired Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist John Hechtel explained the psychology behind what happens when a bear meets a human on a forested trail.In those cases, he said...
Bear expert to open lecture series

...and saw the cubs, yet he held his ground because everything he knew told him it was a bluff. Nearly 30 years later John Hechtel still vividly recalls the encounter. He remembers the heavy beating of his heart after startling the coastal brown...
Settling down for a long winter's nap

...breakthroughs that should be credited to bears, breakthroughs that can save lives and make some lives better," said biologist John Hechtel. "People are afraid of bears, but there is so much we can learn from them." Hechtel began studying bears in 1977...
Play dead or fight? The answer might surprise

...they scared the bear away pretty much by pitching a chunk of wood at it. The girl survived but was badly injured. As John Hechtel, an Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist tells the story, he just happened to be working in Canada...
Long winter's nap not so long for some bears

...There are three reasons why bears might go into hibernation later or get up in midwinter, said state wildlife biologist John Hechtel. Hechtel has spent 30 years researching bears in Alaska and Canada, and he's particularly interested in hibernation...
Trooper mercy-kills blind bear in Kodiak

...rock faces and cliffs. "There have been documented incidences where bears have died from falling off cliffs," said John Hechtel, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Fish and Game. "It's not like they are immune to that, but...
Juneau bears wake from long winter slumber

...should be cautious and use common sense." Bears are coming out of hibernation in most areas around the state, said John Hechtel, wildlife biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Many bears are hanging close to their dens after fasting...
Biologists learn ins and outs of bear nursing

...pregnancy during the lean months of winter. "Most hibernating animals aren't pregnant," said state wildlife biologist John Hechtel. "But an adult female goes into the den pregnant. She's pregnant, gives birth and lactates all in the den...
Bruin vision

...eyelid" called a nictating membrane that protects their eyes and serves as a second lens when they are underwater. John Hechtel has spent decades observing bears in the wild and studying behavior, hibernation, and bear and human interactions...
Where sleeping bears lie

...the dead nurse tree rots, a space is created in the stilt-like roots of the growing tree. Retired state biologist John Hechtel began studying bears in 1977 and worked with radio-collared bears in Interior Alaska and the Yukon for most of 25...


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