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The Bear Necesseties


This baseline service consists of an initial evaluation and design of a customized classroom style training program, depending on organizational needs.

- Classroom style programs on average run two to four hours in length, with customizable components.

- Work with our consultants to fine-tune a syllabus that is developed to fulfill your needs: what do you want to accomplish with training?

- Location: Local classroom setting venue based in Juneau, AK. Instructors can also travel to on-site locations of your choice, we come to you! 

- Pricing: Classroom style program cost varies depending on program length and number of individuals participating. You receive a quote with your program’s proposed syllabus.  




Want more? A weeklong intensive module could be the best fit for you. Or for more advanced training, let’s go in to the wilderness together!

Ursa's Training and Consultation is
comprehensive and customized for 
individual needs

Ursa Major creates customized educational training programs based on the operational needs of specific organizations. The primary goal of Ursa Major is to prepare personnel to evaluate risk when conducting activities in bear habitats, and to recommend guidelines for responding to risk assessment in an appropriate manner.


After training, participants will have a basic understanding of bear behavior and seasonal movements, and will be better equipped to assess and judge how to handle bear encounters and/or places where potential encounters may occur. Training will also include discussions of group management techniques, to better prepare personnel for addressing the safety of their guests in bear habitats.


The customization of each training program is based on knowledge acquired from eight years' experience in evaluating the potential for a positive or negative encounter with bears, in combination with first-hand experience working with tour companies of varying sizes. Ursa has unique insight in logistics and training needs, derived from a diverse background in marine- and land-based approaches to bear viewing.  Ursa Major bridges bear awareness and how individual organizations experience bears in the field.

What precautions do I take before I even encounter a bear? Learn about bear habits, be mindful of their space, and know the truth about “Hey Bear!” 
It's not just about black or brown. Does the bear want to pass? Does the bear want us to leave? Is the bear curious about us? 
What do I do? Bears are capable of having polite, respectful conversations
with us. 
The Ursa Scale & Major Scale. Two different patented training methods available to include in the customization of your program. Ask your consultant if they are right for you. 
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Bear Spray Practice

Use inert canisters and deploy them on a moving target. Contact Ursa to schedule a training session.



Interested in filming bears in their natural environment?



Review your current bear management practices with the critical eye of one of our experts. 

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