Washington, July 17, 2014 – Every summer, hundreds of brown bears converge on the Brooks River in the Katmai National Park and Preserve to fish for stream-raised sockeye (red) salmon heading up river. Brooks Falls presents a natural barrier for the salmon and makes an exceptionally good fishing ground that draws brown bears.
Park rangers set up webcams from the viewing platform on a bridge overlooking the river a few years ago thanks to a $150,000 grant. Now you can enjoy the same view as those visiting in person from anywhere in the world with an internet connection thanks to live streaming video from those webcams.
The cameras operate during daylight hours from late June through the fall. The webcams fired up for the 2014 season this week, and Katmai’s bears and salmon are already putting on a great show. It isn’t uncommon to see five or six large male brown bears at once positioned in prime fishing spots along the falls. As many as 25 bears have been seen fishing at Brooks Falls at the same time during peak periods later in July.
Starting around 1 p.m. Eastern, park rangers will conduct a chat.
Watch the live stream here:
Read more about the bears and Brooks Falls here: Brooks Falls Bear Cam – the best broadcast of the summer (live stream here)
The webcams are solar powered and will stay on as long as sunlight and weather allow. In 2013 the cameras ran intermittently all the way through December.
Gayle Falkenthal contributed to this report