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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.
A grizzly bear viewer in Katmai N. Park watches a cub who is waiting for his mother. The mother dropped off her two cubs to sit with the small group of photographers while she fished the river for salmon. Grizzly bear mothers in certain areas of Katmai N. Park, who are habituated to bear viewers, have learned that humans are safe. They also have learned that being near bear viewers is a safe place for their cubs to rest.