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Bear 128 Grazer and her cubs. Photo by A. Gantt

My Summer At Brooks Camp

By volunteer camera operator Anna-Marie Gantt As I landed on the water of Naknek Lake in the Katmai NPP Beaver floatplane, I thought to myself, “I can’t believe I’m spending another summer at Brooks Camp!” After all the preparation of shipping food and packing luggage to last me five weeks, I was finally here with

Bear #83 on June 19, 2015

How will Bear #83 survive his wounds?

By “The Artist Formerly Known as Ranger Mike” Fitz Since the bearcam has gone live, bear #83 has spent significant time fishing at Brooks Falls. This year he has a sizable wound on his left shoulder. Will this injury hinder his success at Brooks Falls or his overall survival?

Rangers David Kopshever and Daniel Lombardi

Chat with the new Rangers of Katmai Bear Season!

Brown Bear season is gearing up in Alaska’s Katmai National Park! The live cams are back on and we’ve seen a few bears start fishing Brooks Falls. It’s the perfect time to introduce you to the Katmai Rangers who’ll be our guides to the summer of bear cams. Rangers Daniel Lombardi and David Kopshever join

Is it wrong to connect with individual wild animals like 480 Otis? NPS/M. Fitz.

Why National Parks Can’t Ignore Individual Animals

By Katmai NP Ranger Mike Fitz Individual animals are undoubtedly important to the public (just read about Cecil the Lion) and their stories can be a catalyst for change, but a recent Yellowstone Science article, I Am Not a Scientist, calls this a “myopia.” It describes how a focus on individual animals limits our ability

A cub lays between mom #451 and sibling

Ranger Mike on the Emotion and Resiliency of Bears

Since last night viewers have tuned in to the young cub of mother bear 451 on the Katmai River Watch Cam. We don’t know much yet, but it would appear the cub stumbled and seized, and now has labored breathing, laying on the road side. Mother and sibling have intermittently joined to rest next to

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