Bridge at Brooks Falls, Alaska

Grizzly bear in Brooks Falls AlaskaA family of grizzly bears hangs around the bridge that bear viewing tourists use to cross the Brooks River.  This bridge leads to the visitors center of the National Park Service.  All tourists cross this bridge to reach the famed Brooks Falls.  Many grizzly bears prefer fishing around the bridge, since the salmon often bunch up around this barrier in the water before rushing past all together.  Other bears snorkel for salmon in the deep water at the mouth of the river.

This photo was taken from the viewing stand near the bridge, a great spot to watch grizzly bears day and night.  In fact, we had just watched this mother grizzly bear nurse her cubs not five feet from the stand.  Mom had just bolted up and ran to the water to get away from her cubs after one cub painfully bit her nipple.

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