- For animals such as sockeye salmon, summer indicates mating season has arrived. For Alaskan fat bears, salmon mating season means an open buffet is ready for the taking.
- Thanks to the National Park Service bear cam livestreams
, we can safely watch these giant mammals as they hunt for fish, swim, and explore their surroundings.
It’s officially summer and that means Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska has brought back their bear cam. The park sets up five webcams, including one underwater, to catch bears feeding and generally basking in the water at Brooks Falls and Naknek River.
As these animals begin preparing for their winter hibernation, viewers will be treated to bears galore—especially as they come in search of sockeye salmon. Katmai is home to an estimated 2,200 brown bears and the National Park Service (NPS) touts it as one of the “premier brown bear viewing areas in the world.” In fact, these Alaskan bears are so popular that their livestream viewers surpass those of the polar bears in Manitoba, the beluga whales in Hudson Bay, the sharks at Cape Fear, and bird cams like puffin and eagle cams.
Since bears spend most of their time awake looking for food, the cameras have been set up in locations they frequent for the best viewing opportunities. As bears congregate in and around Brooks River to feed, those who find themselves at the park can take advantage of the viewing platforms set up by the NPS where they can watch the bears in their natural habitat from a safe distance.
The best viewing months are June and July where you might see larger bears catch upwards of 30 salmon, totaling around 120 pounds per day. The NPS says that viewers may also be treated to bald eagle and wolf sightings, too, but we all know who the real stars are.
All hail the fat bear in their big, wonderful, massive glory.
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