19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
River Ursid

A brown bear pauses from fishing to scan the Brooks River. In Katmai National Park in July, coastal brown bears are primarily feeding on sockeye salmon traveling up riverways to spawn. In 2020, the sockeye run hit record numbers and the bears of Brooks Camp were feasting all season long.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: King Salmon (nearest city), Alaska, United States of America
Copyright: © Rylee Jensen