19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Brown Bear Spiral

A female brown bear surfaces after snorkeling for chum salmon in a river at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary. This Sanctuary allows a small number of visitors in at a time based on a lottery system; as a result, the bears are free to roam and behave naturally with minimal human impact.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Kokhanok (nearest city), Alaska, United States of America
Copyright: © Rylee Jensen