Alaskan Brown Bears (Grizzly Bears) are the attraction at Katmai National Park. Brooks Falls is the number one place in the world to see them. Wild bears gather at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park, to feast on salmon. When the bears are at Brooks Falls, they are focused on one thing (food). Actually, bears always have a one-track mind and food is always their focus.
During our trip to Katmai National Parks, we took more than 1,000 pictures of the bears chasing and feeding on salmon. Here are the Best 100 wild Grizzly Bear pictures that I took at Katmai National Park during our visit.
A reverse photo contest
Usually in a photo contest, you submit your photo to judges and they will pick the winning photo. In this photo contest, you are the judges and I am submitting the photos. I am the winner because I will get to hear from you.
Which pictures do you think are the best? Each photo is numbered. Please tell me what you like about the photo. If you desire, pick more than one. I will include your comments about the pictures in the text as soon as I get them so that others can enjoy your comments. (Sorry, comments are not real-time, they are screened before posting to keep the blog a happy place.)
Ursus arctos horribilis
Class: Mammalia (mammal), Order: Carnivora (carnivore), Superfamily: Ursoidea (dog-like), Family: Ursidae (all bears), Genus: Ursus (Polar, Brown, Black, and Asian bears) Species Arctos (cold weather arctic, Brown Bears) Subspecies gyas = Alaska Peninsular Bear Bear and Horribilis (horrible=Brown Bears). Nickname in North America, Grizzly Bear. Typically in Alaska, Ursus arctos horribilis found inland are called Grizzly Bears, and on the coast, Ursus arctos gyas are called Brown Bears. On Kodiak Island, Ursus arctos middendorffi are called Kodiak Brown Bears. Despite the multiple names, they are all the same bear species and all genetically identical.
Other bear pictures in my blog
The biggest difference between this article and the other bear pictures in my blog is that in Katmai National Park we were walking on the same path that bears use on a daily basis. While on the path leading to the overlooks was no fence between us and the bears. We didn’t have any protection so that the bears couldn’t eat us. Our safety was dependent on the bears not wanting to eat us. (They have a long history of not eating people in Kenai National Park. Other Grizzly Bear pictures in my other article were great, but they were all without risk of being eaten. Here is a link. Dangerous Wildlife in Alaska
Please ask questions about Katmai National Park and the Grizzly Bears. I will do my best to answer and include all the answers in the next post when I describe how we got to Katmai and what it is like to walk on the very same paths that the bears walk on and cross every day, all day long.
My selection process
How I selected my pictures to show you… First, the photos had to be in focus. Then I selected based on color. Then I tried to get pictures of bears facing the camera. From there the selection became difficult. I still had about 250 good photos. Gradually I eliminated them one by one to show you pictures where the bears were doing slightly different things. I think that these pictures are the best.
My 100 Best Grizzly Bear Pictures at Katmai National Park
Pictures are presented in the order they were taken (except for the one at the very top was actually taken last).
As I get comments, I will include them at the bottom and when I get a comment about a specific picture I will add it to the article under that picture including your name, especially if the comment is witty.
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This video is a live picture feed from the Katmai National Park, National Park Service hosted by explore.org. The camera is on pretty much from sunrise to sunset. After hours I think you get re-runs. I assume that during the winter, when the bears are hibernating and the salmon are not running, the National Park Service will shut the camera off. Since they are not commenting and the pictures on the web camera are limited, pretty soon I will link some of my videos hosted by YouTube in a separate blog post.