The moon bears are back!
They’re back in the wilds of Alaska.
And they’re not alone.
Last year’s bear mace was also the first time a bear had been spotted in the United States in 20 years.
But the new bears aren’t the only ones with a new mission: the moon bears have been making a comeback, as well.
In the new year, they’ll be back in Alaska.
According to a statement from the Alaska Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, they’re also making a visit to Alaska’s Big Dipper, and to the North Fork of the Alaska River.
“We hope to see these bears again this year,” says Dan Nye, the director of the department’s wildlife services.
“These bears have a really special relationship with humans, and we want to give them another chance to live a happy life with us.”
The moon bear’s popularity has been soaring.
In 2017, the bear population in Alaska was at 2,000, and it’s expected to grow to 10,000 by 2019.
The new moon bears will be the first bear to be spotted in Alaska since the last bear maces were made in 1971.
And in 2018, a bear that was in the Alaska Parks and Wildlife Department’s Yellowstone Area Conservation Plan was relocated to a sanctuary.
It was one of many bears being relocated to the state after it was found to have the rare condition of having a single brain and no other teeth.