Big Bears from the Air

July 24, 2017

How about those views?

These amazing brown bear shots were captured by WCS field technician Dylan Schertz from the back seat of a two-seat Supercub plane, while a pilot expertly negotiated the mountainous terrain.

Schertz was photographing the brown bears as a participant in a National Park Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game project. The team worked in Alaska's Noatak National Preserve and Gates of the Arctic National Park to survey the bears from the air.

It's important to do.

"Monitoring trends in the populations of predators like the brown bear is vital to recognizing and mitigating any new or persistent threats to natural resources in northern Alaska," says wildlife biologist Hillary Robison with the NPS.

The results of the survey work haven't been published yet, but Schertz's photos do make for pretty good theater.

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