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Grizzly Bear Fishing

Posted in Grizzly Bears Fishing with tags , , , , on September 22, 2011 by grizzlybearblog

A large, male grizzly used an interesting “splashing” method to fish for salmon.  He would leap in the air and land in a big belly flop.  The force of his body created a huge splash which on several occasions pulled a handful of salmon up to the surface of the water.


Grizzly Bear Fishing in Brooks Falls, Alaska

Posted in Alaska, Grizzly bear diet, Grizzly Bears Fishing with tags , , , , , , , on August 18, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

grizzly bear fishing for salmon at Brooks Falls Katmai National Park Alaska

Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park Alaska is the best place in the world to see grizzly bears fishing for salmon.  A huge sockeye salmon run occurs each July, and all the grizzlies in the area know it.  They congregate around the waterfall, where the salmon bunch up in an attempt to leap upstream over the falls.  Some bears like the one pictured above wait for salmon to leap out of the water at the top of the falls.  Other bears employee different techniques like sitting in a jacuzzi like whirl pool of water at the base of the falls.  In the “jacuzzi” bears will catch salmon under the water using their paws.  The salmon becomes disoriented in the whirl pool, and often end up in the mouths of bears.  Less experienced grizzly bears will feed off the scraps that drift down stream.

Fog in Katmai National Park, Alaska

Posted in Alaska with tags , , , , , , on July 24, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

grizzlies in fog in Katmai National Park Alaska

One morning a thick fog rolled in obscuring our view, and interrupting the grizzly bears fishing.  The Alaska coast is notorious for thick fog, and usually you can see fog rolling over the mountain tops in thick sheets.  In a matter of minutes, the world turned grey and fuzzy.  This is one reason it is hard to fly in and out of the Katmai Coast.  We got stuck for four days on the coast one summer because the fog was so thick that bush planes couldn’t get in or out.

Glacier and bears in Katmai National Park

Posted in Alaska, Grizzly Bear Cubs with tags , , , , on June 22, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

Glacier in Katmai National Park, AlaskaA glacier provides an impressive backdrop for three first year grizzly cubs grazing on sedge grass in Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Grizzly Cubs Snuggling

Posted in Alaska, Grizzly Bear Cubs with tags , , , , on June 20, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

Brown bear cubs in Katmai National Park

Sitka liked to sleep snuggled on top of her brother.  Their mother would often leave the cubs near us when she waded out into the river to fish.  One day she sat and nursed her cubs next to us.  Many grizzly bears in Katmai National Park, where hunting is prohibited, have learned to trust humans.  Click here to read more about these grizzly bear cubs.

Life’s Good…3rd Year Grizzly Cub in Katmai

Posted in Alaska, Grizzly Bear Cubs with tags , , , , , , on May 27, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

Grizzly Bear Cub third year in Katmai Alaska

This 3rd year grizzly cub – named Racer – takes a relaxing nap on the beach while using his mother as a foot rest.  His mother Paula ia one of the most skilled bears at fishing for salmon – which meant Racer kept his belly full most of the summer.  On the Katmai coast, many grizzly bear cubs stay with their mothers through their third summer.  Inland, where food sources may be more scarce and competition for food higher, cubs might only spend two years with their mothers. 

Grizzly Bear Cub napping in Katmai National Park Alaska

We spotted Racer the following summer on his own.  He had grown much taller, stronger, and bigger.  Just like his mother, he was catching fish left and right with ease.  Read more about grizzly bear cub Racer and his mother in Katmai at

More clamming bears in May

Posted in May with tags , , , , , , on May 21, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

grizzly bears Katmai National Park AlaskaQuite the gorgeous view of the mountains in Katmai National Park as seen from the mudflats.