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Ranger Roy Wood

Ranger Roy Wood

Rangers Roy and Mike Say Farewell Live Today

For years each summer, as the brown bears of Alaska’s Katmai National Park awake from hibernation to feast on a river or salmon, Rangers Roy Wood and Mike Fitz have joined the Kodiaks in front of the cam to engage our community with experience and encyclopedic knowledge of the natural world.

The two have just announced that they will soon leave their posts at Katmai for new, exciting opportunities. To tell us more about their future and for a chance to say goodbye, Roy and Mike join us on the Brooks Falls Cam today at 4pm PT.

Ranger Mike tells us, “For our last chat, we’ll reflect on our experiences at Katmai, with the bears, and the cams. We also want to share some of your favorite bearcam moments.”

They’ll let us in on what to expect this upcoming bear cam season, and introduce us to the Katmai staff who will guide us through it. Though the two can never truly be replaced, we’ll be in good hands as we navigate Katmai together this summer. Join the chat and say farewell to Mike and Roy!

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  • Ed Stephens

    AWWWW……… Sad news for sure. Thank You for your times and dedication you have so freely given and especially all the knowledge you have imparted to us viewers over the years. I wish you all the best in whatever path life is taking you! (HH)

  • lingo13

    I just would like to thank the two of you for all you have done in teaching about the bears, the mountains and the whole of Katmai! May you both fare well in what ever the future holds!

  • Deborah

    Sad news to lose both of “the voices of Katmai” for bear cam viewers.

  • J Zaloudek

    No,you can’t go! Your knowledge and humor and perspectives on the bear world have always made the chats something to really look forward to. You were my introduction to Brooks Falls before I actually got to visit.
    I wish you both much success, hopefully you will be blogging and chatting from someplace!
    You will be missed–

  • Eaglenut1

    Thank you Ranger Roy and Ranger Mike, you both have brought so much knowledge and understanding to our viewing of this amazing Katmai National Park, we will miss your humour and gentle respect for each other and the the Bears and other wildlife and trees in the park. I wish you many years of happiness and learning on your new positions, All the Best to you both! Thanks again for your time here with us viewing at Explore.org!

  • AndreaO

    Wow! I think it’s a testament to your dedication and the wealth of knowledge that you’ve shared through the years, that has caused everyone to say how sad we are to hear that you’re departing Katmai. Best wishes to you both. You will certainly be missed and THANK YOU.

  • jkbearlover

    Oh man – that is just making me sad. I’m happy for what lies ahead for you two, but you have just brought so much depth and experience to something I just look forward to every year. One questions if it could be addressed on the webchat – there was conversation that the gal who decides what bears get numbers or names takes time over the winter to decide. I didn’t see any new additions to the 2016 books. Just curious if we ever were persuasive enough with any of the names we referred to cubs over time.

  • VictorianLadyPA

    Wishing you Good Luck and Much Happiness in your new endeavors. The knowledge that you have provided and shared with us over the years has enriched the experience of Katmai Bears and its surroundings. You will surely be missed. Hope the new guides understand they have big shoes to fill.

  • Flowers

    Roy and Mike have become a part of watching the bears and you both will be terrible missed. Hope you will have many adventures..miss you already ♥♥

  • McKenzie

    I really enjoyed the chats from last year, and will miss both of you. Best of luck in your future endeavors! :)

  • LA

    These are both awesome guys who clearly care very deeply about protecting the environment and the bears of Katmai. They will be missed!!

  • KylieGraceLB

    Oh my… this is news that makes me sad! I wish you both the very best as you move on. I can’t begin to put into words how much your work has enriched my life and brought joy over the past couple of years. Thank you for all the ways you shared your love for and knowledge of the bears with us. You will be missed more than you can know!!! Godspeed!

  • Diogenes

    I would like the geo coordinates for the webcam at cape north Churchill

    • Deborah

      You might email Parks Canada and ask them or the Churchill study center (aurora cam)

  • Luv2fishdarlene

    Please dont go !!!

  • Kate M

    This news makes me sad, but I applaud you in moving on to find other ventures. I have really learned from you both through the bear season last year and the live chats over the winter. I don’t believe the folks out here in virtual land could have gotten through the loss of the cub and the big male without your support. Thank you for all you have done!

  • Sandy in NC

    Keeping fingers crossed that they are being promoted to Great Smoky Mountain National Park! =o)

    • Sandy in NC

      Shenandoah…close enough!

  • RockyRyan-AZ

    Hard to believe it’s been four years. Thank you for all your hard work and we will certainly miss you – Best of Luck!

  • Ang In CT

    Good luck on your next adventures Rangers Roy and Mike. Thank you for teaching my cubs TJ – age 8 and Kristen – age 2 about the bears. My son has learned and shared a lot with his friends and classmates. The bears have managed to make my little one smile. You can’t put a value on the experiences of Katmai from your own living room in in Connecticut. Priceless.

  • Mottlie5

    Thank you for everything, Rangers Roy and Mike! We will miss you : (

  • Diana

    This makes me very sad, but happy if this is what they want. They will be terribly missed. : (

  • coleus on

    So wish you weren’t going RR and RM..Blessings on your new adventures..may your replacements be a portion as good as you were..THanks for the memories!

  • TinyJulz <

    Never say goodbye…

  • PorterCat-IL

    Best wishes to you both…enjoy your new journey. We will miss you!

  • Joanne Joe

    We wish them all the best and will surely miss them and their insights. It is sure that they are leaving us in capable hands and we look forward to meeting our new ranger guides and a new season of bear action!

  • http://www.inlightofnature.com Ed

    Thank you Rangers Roy and Mike for your kind and valuable service at Katmai. It was a pleasure to meet you over the past few years at Katmai and I appreciate all the guidance you provided. Good luck on your next ventures, I am sure you will both enjoy the wonders of nature.

  • Merrie Star

    Two very wonderful and excellent employees of our National Park Service! We have so much reason to be proud of and grateful to these men. They have freely given their expertise, time, wisdom with us and made our wildlife viewing experience all the more rich and engaging. Thank you Roy and Mike!

  • Gillian

    No, no, no, say it isn’t so. While you certainly will be missed I wish you both every success in your new positions. I’ve learnt so much over the last 3 yrs, not only about the bears but about the whole environment around Katmai so THANK YOU for that. Good bye and good luck ♥

  • PinkyNYC

    Is this farwell archive anywhere of the last ranger roy ranger & mike fitz discussed above. Would love to see it .. hear about their overall experience/highlights.Thanks!

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