Grizzly Bear Female Up Close

Alaskan Brown Bear in Katmai National ParkA female grizzly bear scans the river for salmon during low tide.  On the Katmai Coast in South-Central Alaska, bears wait for low tide to fish for salmon.  The shallow water allows them to run through the water more easily.  At the beginning of a salmon’s journey to spawn, they will swim in and out of the rivers to acclimate their bodies to the fresh water.  Bears wait for salmon that tend to rush back out to the ocean along with the receding tide.  The opposite occurs when the tide is rising.  Salmon clump up and make a mad dash up river.  The bears look for fish fins, and charge after their prey.

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