Snapshots, Portraits, and Other Photos of Otto the Bear
UAM5063: Ursus arctos
For more than 60 years, this Alaska brown bear specimen has been part of the collections at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Donated by Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Webb, the bear was killed by Arthur Johnson in 1950 at Herendeen Bay near Port Moller on the Bering Sea.
Named for Otto Geist, who developed our first collections, the 8' 9" brown bear has greeted visitors at the entrance to the Gallery of Alaska for decades, starring in countless photos taken by visitors who want to remember their tour of the North.
Now we want to celebrate this popular exhibit.
Share your Otto photos, alone or with you in them, and all your best shots of the museum, so we can use them in an upcoming special exhibit, Hibernation: The Science of Cold. We'll include them in a photo montage of one of the world's most famous hibernators.