Brown Bears, Kukak Bay, Katmai – Alaska 2018

With snow-covered mountains as a backdrop, the braided river system at Kukak Bay is wide with many channels where bears can fish. The running salmon had brought in several bears and to watch them in this expansive environment was very special.

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.