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Bearcam Gives Live Feed of Salmon Hunt

Bearcam Gives Live Feed of Salmon Hunt

If you are a fan of bears, love the Alaskan wilderness, or are just looking for a way to waste time at work, there’s good news: the Katmai National Park Bearcam is now online.

Launched Tuesday on the explore.org website, the cam gives four views of Brooks River, which flows through the park. One, at Brooks Falls, shows male bears hunting for salmon. The males typically eat the brains and roe of the fish, and let the bodies flow downstream, where they’re eaten by the females and bear cubs — who are shown by a camera on the lower river. Two other cameras are set up at the lower falls, where bears congregate later in the summer, and on Dumpling Mountain, providing an overview of the entire ecosystem.

“I think it’s an unparalleled opportunity for people to get that front row seat of the lives of the bears at Brooks Camp,” said Roy Wood, chief of interpretation for Katmai National Park. Wood said that the webcams would make the park available to people throughout the world.

“It takes a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money [to travel to the park], and the webcams will make it accessible to anyone with access to a computer, a smartphone, a tablet device,” Wood said.

The cameras are powered by solar and wind energy, and send their signals remotely to King Salmon, Alaska, which distributes the feed worldwide.

Explore.org is sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation, and has a number of online webcams showing wild- and not-so-wildlife. Among their offerings are cameras showing golden retriever puppies who are being raised as service dogs, pandas at the Bifengxia panda reserve in China, and puffins at the Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge in Maine.

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8:55AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

that is so cool Got it playing on the TV for customers coming in waiting on service.

6:11AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Thanks so much! It's an interesting site, and much fun to watch the bears in their environment.

7:17AM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Okay all bears to the right! Hey all bears now go to the left! No good! Well okay center! Wait for it! Wait for it! Open Mouth EUREKA!!!!!! GOT ONE OF THOSE SLIMEY! WONDERFUL SUCKERS! OKAY! DONE!!!! NAP TIME!!!!!!!

9:50PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

I DON'T LIKE THE FACT THAT PEOPLE LIKE TO HUNT AN KILL ANYTHING THEY CAN. IT IS NOT A SPORT. IT IS BARBARIC.

8:04PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

I had this video sent to me a couple of days ago and have been spying in on the bears ever since. It's great to tune into it through out the day while taking a break from work.

7:05PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Thank you for the information!

4:25PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Brooks Falls is one of my favorite places I've ever visited, so thanks to everyone who made the webcam possible! I LOVE bears soooo much!! :)

4:23PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Can any of you critics tell the bears to get themselves some credit cards and buy frozen salmon at the nearest supermarket?
Pretty, pretty please dooooooooo it!

C'mon use your brains, if you have any, and knock it off!!!

4:08PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Donnie V. I grew up in Alaska and still live here, and while it is true that bears eat lots of berries and other non-meat items, they really need that fat and protein in the salmon in order to survive their hibernation during the long, cold Alaskan winters. That's why they consume even the brains and roe (fish eggs) as they are very high in both fat and protein.

Bears are omnivores - they will eat whatever they can to survive. It is nature's way. Humans can survive without consuming the meat of other animals, but other meat-eating animals do not have that knowledge. They simply have the instincts which were bred into them through millions of years of evolution, which have served them well. It's the circle of life. When the bears die, their body feeds the grasses and other plants that are then fed upon by other animals.

Only humans prescribe value judgments on what is eaten by us and sometimes other animals. We believe we are above nature, when in fact we are still very much a part of it. There is a great book, "Ishmael", by Daniel Quinn that discusses these sorts of issues. I highly recommend it.

4:05PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

nice

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