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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Brown bear on a creek

A brown bear consumes a carcass of a sockeye salmon that had spawned, died, and washed up on a beach alongside a creek in Bristol Bay, Alaska. During late summer, brown bears come from all over Southwest Alaska to small creeks and rivers to get their fill of spawning salmon. I use homemade camera traps to document bears cashing in on this valuable resource, occasionally resulting in some very engaging photographs.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Aleknagik, Alaska, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 100D
Copyright: © Jason Ching