Top 5 places to watch bears catch salmon

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The salmon run is the most interesting time to view bears in the wild. The annual migration sees thousands of mature adult fish aiming to journey from the ocean to the upper reaches of their native rivers.

The salmon run is the most interesting time to view bears in the wild. The annual migration sees thousands of mature adult fish aiming to journey from the ocean to the upper reaches of their native rivers.

The migration is a spectacle in itself, with fish battling against fierce currents and leaping out of the water to negotiate waterfalls and rapids.

The event presents a huge feeding opportunity for bears living upstream. Skilled predators, each spends several daylight hours in the water intercepting fish.

Here we list the five best places in North America to see bears catching salmon. Bears are dangerous wild animals. Precautions should be taken when visiting bear country. It is most safe to observe them from designated viewing areas in national parks, or under the guidance of experienced tour companies.

Top 5 places to watch bears catch salmon
Photo: USFWS Headquarters

McNeil River Falls – McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, Alaska
Bears: Brown (grizzly) bears
Best months: July to mid-August
Brooks Camp – Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Bears: Brown (grizzly) bears
Best months: July and September

Top 5 places to watch bears catch salmon
Photo: USFWS Headquarters

Geographic Harbor – Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Bears: Brown (grizzly) bears
Best months: August

Top 5 places to watch bears catch salmon
Photo: deischi

Fish Creek Observation Site – Salmon River valley near Hyder, Alaska
Bears: Brown (grizzly) and black bears
Best months: July through September
Glendale River – Knight Inlet, British Columbia, Canada
Bears: Brown (grizzly) and black bears
Best months: September and October

Top 5 places to watch bears catch salmon
Photo: jitze

Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park (British Columbia) in early October is also a great place to catch the salmon run, but bears aren’t as prevalent here.

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Top 5 places to watch bears catch salmon was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
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