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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