Friends, I have a correction to make. After reviewing the photos of the bear from the Nature Center yesterday, I realized that I had incorrectly identified it as the bear that charged at the viewing decks, which led to the Rodak Trail closure one month ago. That particular bear (which caused the trail closure) is the same bear that has been hanging around the river at mile 9 of Eagle River Road the past few days and has a distinct mark across its snout. The bear we saw yesterday is a smaller individual and did not have the facial mark. Furthermore, upon closer inspection of my bear photos from last August, it turns out that was yet another individual that was chasing salmon near the viewing decks. As it turns out, I have photographed three different bears here since early August. They have similarly shaped faces and coloration, with only subtle differences in their appearance.
My apologies for the incorrect information,