Kodiak Island do tend to roam a little bit, but often have a home range where
they mostly stay. The Madsen Bear's home range seems to be within a two-block
range at the center of downtown Kodiak.
Bear is the bear sculpture given to the city by the Madsen family. It stood for
years outside the Harbormaster's Office, but when the Fishermen's Memorial was
remodeled and expanded, the bear was displaced to Oscar's Dock, near the gazebo
at the end of the spit.
looks like the Madsen Bear is going to be moving again.
City Manager Linda
-- (Madsen Bear 1 20 sec "At
the November ... fish and wildlife service.")
Visitor Center is just up the street from the spit, and features all manner of
Kodiak wildlife inside. Councilman Jack Maker said he thought it would be a
good new home for the Madsen Bear:
-- (Madsen Bear 2 25 sec "I
just wanted to ... do their business.")
Bear statue was commissioned in 1957 by Alf Madsen to honor his father, Charles
Madsen, a pioneering Kodiak bear guide. It was built by the Jonas Brothers of
Seattle, and stood until after the 1964 earthquake and tsunami in front of the
Kodiak Hotel. Afterwards, it was donated to the city and stood in front of
Fisherman's Hall for many years.
There is no
timeline yet for moving the statue, but visitor center manager Tina Shaw says
she's exited to get the bear.