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Lake on the road to Hyder-Stewart, a spur of the Cassiar Highway. The two towns are at the head of the Portland Canal, a narrow salt water Fiord. Stewart, BC has road access and is a neat tidy Canadian town. Hyder, Alaska is a tiny tip of the US attached to mainland British Columbia. It has acccess for ships but no highway. As the road enters Hyder, it turns to dirt. Clearly Hyder is not a priority for either the State of Alaska or the Federal Government. There is no US immigration, although there is Canadian immigration.

At a pub in Hyder, a very friendly bear photographer, Anne, pointed out pictures of a bear with four cubs that shed had published. Her companions 30-year residency was the second longest in Hyder. Anne commented, Hyder is mostly a transient town. She pointed out photos of Hyder from the 40s showing a town built on pilings. When asked if the earthquake had leveled the town, she responded, No, it was a fire. Hyders big attraction was the bears who wandered freely around town, ignoring the bear viewing area. We spotted one behind the pizza parlor.

During breakfast in Stewart, Canada, next door to Hyder, a group were talking about the young bear wed seen behind the pizza parlor. Since he was showing no fear of people, he was going to get in trouble. They were discussing plans to trap him and transport him to a remote location in Canada. The concern was getting him through Canadien immigration. "If they complain, one commented, we could just release him right there or maybe all well need to do is put a carton of cigarettes on the cage.

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