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Photos of the Kodiak baer (Ursus arctos middendorfi) and a bear family fishing for salmon in the river and in the close bush ashore

Along the coast of Alaska, the animals are called “Alaskan Brown Bear”. These coastal Brown Bears are found on the Alaskan Peninsula and along the Pacific coast to British Columbia. A subspecies of the Brown Bears lives on Kodiak; their name is Ursus arctos middendorffi. Due to the mild climate on the beautiful island of Kodiak off the south-west coast of Alaska and the rich stock of salmon in the rivers, the Kodiak Bears have optimal living conditions. A lot of rain takes care of an abundant vegetation which is welcome to the bears when there is eventually no salmon. Then they live on vegetable food until the next salmon migration. It is not surprising that the largest Brown Bears - with a weight of up to 800 kilograms and erect with a height of up to three metres - live here. We were able to watch the Kodiak Bears extensively at the O’Malley River and the Little River Lake. Together with the Polar Bears they are considered the largest land predators. Unfortunately, it rained almost all the time and the weather conditions were so bad that our bush plane couldn’t pick us up until three days later than scheduled.



Little Kodiak bear in tall grass and fireweed
Little Kodiak bear in tall grass and fireweed

Small Kodiak in lush vegetation
Small Kodiak in lush vegetation

Kodiak Bear fishing for salmon
Kodiak Bear fishing for salmon

Kodiak bear has caught a salmon
Kodiak bear has caught a salmon

Mother Kodiak bear with bear cubs at the o' Malley River
Mother Kodiak bear with bear cubs at the o' Malley River

Mother Kodiakbear with young bear in the o' Malley River
Mother Kodiakbear with young bear in the o' Malley River

Sow with her cub fishing for salmon
Sow with her cub fishing for salmon

Sow with her spring cubs fishing for salmon
Sow with her spring cubs fishing for salmon






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