Donate to KMXT


Support Public Radio

You can support public radio through underwriting and we can help you drive traffic to your place of business by reaching the educated, affluent and decidedly handsome KMXT listeners. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it today!

Station Blogs & Links

Are you a KMXT volunteer with a blog or website about your show? This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Copyright vEsti24

Galley Tables

Nov 30 -1
Former Kodiak Bear Finds New Home in Sweden PDF Print E-mail

0 MB | Download MP3 | Open in popup



Fish and Game biologist Larry Van Daele with former Kodiak resident Taquka, who now lives in Gronklitt, Sweden. Photo by Anders Bjorklund 


This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

            A young Kodiak brown bear that was orphaned here a year and a half ago has a new home in Sweden. Bear expert Larry Van Daele, the former Fish and Game wildlife biologist for Kodiak, says Taquka (to-COKE-ah) took up residence in a five acre enclosure at the Orsa Bear Park, that has been landscaped to resemble Kodiak Island. He says Taquka hasn't exactly been exiled.



-- (Van Daele 1           47 sec              "Well, I tell you what, if ... he's really got it made.")


            Despite the two Swedish girlfriends, it's not as if Tuquka (to-COKE-ah) was put out to stud:


-- (Van Daele 2           47 sec              "We neutered him before we ... how to live with wildlife.")


van-daele-and-park.jpgFrom left, Larry Van Daele, ADF&G; Matt Van Daele, environmental scientist for Koniag; Kodiak artist Mary Ruskovich; CEO Anders Bjorklund of Gronklitt Carnivore Center. Photo courtesy Anders Bjorklund


            Earlier in the story we mentioned that Van Daele is the former area biologist for Kodiak - that's because he has a new job: Regional Supervisor for the Division of Wildlife Conservation - a job that covers Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound, and Kodiak Island. He said he accepted the promotion on one condition:


-- (Van Daele 3           11 sec              "Yeah, it was originally in Anchorage ... no doubt about that.")


            He said the reasons for that stipulation were two-fold: one, his son took a local job with Koniag, and two, because of his dedication to bears and bear biology here on the island:


-- (Van Daele 4           18 sec              "We'll hire a new person to ... involved with Kodiak and the bears.")


            Van Daele will also be getting a new, roomier office. In fact, every Fish and Game employee in Kodiak will be getting new digs - just as soon as their new building on Near Island is completed.




< Prev   Next >