Positive economic impact from bear viewing
A study was released documenting the positive economic impact of bear viewing in Katmai National Park (where most of the photos on this website were taken). The study reveals that visitors to Katmai spend three times as much money as tourists in other parts of Alaska. This is a huge revenue boost for the remote communities that surround the National Park. It also proves that viewing bears is much more profitable than shooting bears, although the Alaskan government remains committed to trying to slaughter all predators in the state. View the full economic impact study here.
Above, grizzly bears stand at the top of Brooks Falls in Katmai fishing for sockeye salmon which flood the river in July.