Brown Bear fishing at Missak – Alaska 2018

As I sat on the river bank at Missak, Katmai, a large male Brown Bear emerged from the sedge. At first he was a little wary but within a few minutes he relaxed and spent a considerable amount of time fishing in front of me. Sometimes the fish eluded him but for the most part his hunting ended succesfully.

The Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) and the Grizzly Bear are the same species. The former term is often used to denote coastal animals whilst the latter is used to refer to inland bears.

These bears will eat a range of vegetation and once the salmon start to run they gorge themselves on this abundant food source in preparation for the winter months and hibernation.