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In a time of social distancing, Anchorage families delight in neighborhood teddy bear hunts

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: April 16
  • Published April 16

Teddy bears look out the window of a home in the Turnagain Heights subdivision on Thursday. People have been placing teddy bears in the widows of their homes during the coronavirus outbreak so walkers young and old can count them. (Bill Roth / ADN)

You might have seen them while driving or walking through your neighborhood — cute, fuzzy teddy bears, sitting on window sills as if they’re keeping an eye on things.

People across Anchorage have been placing teddy bears in the widows of their homes during the coronavirus outbreak so walkers young and old can count them.

The “teddy bear hunt” phenomenon is somewhat patterned after Michael Rosen’s 1989 children’s book, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.” It has been sweeping through neighborhoods around the country for weeks, giving families a fun activity to do that still allows for social distancing from other households.

“We go bear hunting every day," Emily Groves said while on a walk with her daughters Maddie, 4, and Isla, who is almost 2, in Anchorage’s Turnagain Heights subdivision on Thursday.

"It’s such a great way to bring the community together,” she said.

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Emily Groves walks with her daughters Maddie, 4, and Isla, 22 mos., in the Turnagain Heights subdivision on Thursday. Groves said, ’We go bear hunting everyday. It's such a great way to bring the community together. ’ (Bill Roth / ADN)
A bear statue wearing mask was visible to motorists traveling on West Northern Lights Boulevard on Monday, April 13, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Teddy bears rest near the window of a home in West Anchorage on Thursday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
A Teddy bear sits in a window of a home in the Turnagain Heights subdivision on Thursday. (Bill Roth / ADN)


A teddy bear sits on a deck is West Anchorage on Thursday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Ben and Caroline Cameron take a walk in the Turnagain Heights subdivision with their two daughters on Thursday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

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