The Kenai River on the Kenai Peninsula, two and a half hours south of Anchorage by car, may be the best place for Alaska residents to dipnet for salmon to fill their freezers, but Brooks Camp in the Katmai National Park and Preserve is the place to go to watch bear catch salmon.
Brooks Camp is located in the Katmai National Park and Preserve, 290 air miles south of Anchorage on the Alaska Peninsula (Southwest Alaska). (The Kenai Peninsula is located south of Anchorage in neighboring Southcentral Alaska.)
The only access to the remote Brooks Camp is by float plane or by boat.
Look at this video by Randy Harris and article by Phil Monahan: “Fly Fishing Among the Brown Bears at Brooks Camp, Alaska.”
Salmon run in a five-year cycle from eggs hatching to their returning to spawn (National Geographic video). Their journey is not easy, and once at the end of the journey, the females lay their eggs, the males fertilize them, and then they die. Ever hungry and watchful bears end up with tasty dinners, even if it’s only left-overs.
Here’s another view of a lucky-unlucky-lucky bear fishing for salmon.
Planning a fishing trip to Alaska? You can start here: Katmai National Park and Preserve.
You can read my earlier posts on Alaska (I lived there for ten years) by clicking on the titles below.
In the meantime, this is as close to a bear as I ever want to be:
You humans may be scaredy cats, but look at what I do when a bear has the nerve to step his claws in my backyard.
Photo credit: www.funxite.com
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