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A healthy Alaskan ecosystem will reveal the tracks of predators. Here, grizzly tracks are bordered in fresh wolf prints. The wolf population has been growing on the coast of Katmai National Park. The wolves use the beach as a highway and they trek the coastline during the few hours of summer darkness.
Bears and wolves compete for food sources. During this past summer, guides witnessed wolves fishing for salmon alongside the grizzly bears on the Katmai coast.
Moose babies are vulnerable to predation by bears and wolves. Grizzly bears also prey on adult moose. The first summer I moved to Homer, Alaska two residents watched a grizzly bear take down and kill an adult moose in their driveway. The grizzly quickly ate the highly nutritious heart, liver and other vital organs, then fled the scene out of fear of humans.
Watch the video of this grizzly kill: