The brown bears' salmon hunt
The massive brown bears are voracious eaters of salmon fishes. At times, the bears hunt them and at times the fish jumps to fall right into the bear’s mouth. It seems the bears have set up such a trap to catch the fish and tear it to pieces for a hearty meal.
The gripping scenes of fish hunting by the brown bears can be seen at Katmai Brooks Falls in Alaska. The wilderness here draws wild life photographers around the globe during the months from July to October when the salmon fishes migrate from the Pacific Ocean to the Brooks Falls through the lakes and meandering rivers.
Millions of salmons migrate to the Brooks Falls area during these months and spawns.
The brown bears enjoy catching them. The bears are proficient swimmers and pro hunters. Most of them are highly skilled to catch fish when they jump or swim in the falls.
Some bears catch up to 10 salmons a day. They don’t eat the whole fish but only those parts that are high in calories. The leftovers are eaten by cubs or picked up by birds and other terrestrial creatures.
The brown bear is so massive that when they stand they may have a height up to nine feet and weigh around 800 pounds.
The polar bears in the Arctic ocean are larger than the brown bears.
Dr Jon Langeland, an acclaimed wild life photographer from Norway, spent eight days in Alaska following the brown bears and capturing their movements. He shared his photos and experience with mathrubhumi.com.
The forest officials had cautioned us to keep at least fifty feet from the bears while photographing. But in ecstasy, many of us went as close as ten feet to the bear. Yet the bears ignored us and indulged in their sport of fish hunt. Everyday their game goes from sunrise to sunset, he said.