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Kodiak Brown Bear

Ursus arctos middendorffi


This lone bear was feasting on all the salmon carcasses that were on the riverbank. The gulls had virtually no fear of the bear, and would get very close to it to get some salmon meat. One time I did see the bear swipe at them in annoyance because they were picking at all the salmon near it.


River far from town with lots of dead salmon carcasses on the shore


The abundance of salmon is possibly one reason why Kodiak bears are larger than other bears.

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DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 3 months ago

Congrats Machi for the SOTW!

Machi 3 months ago

Wow thanks for all the nice comments and SOTW!

Brian38 3 months ago

Congrats Machi!

Tukup 3 months ago

Congratulations Machi. Well done, and a great entry for the 2019 Best Wildlife photo.

ornithoptera80 3 months ago

congrats, great spotting(:

Great series Machi,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

Michael Sarill
Michael Sarill 3 months ago

Congrats, Machi, your spotting has been voted Spotting of the Week!

Machi 3 months ago

Thanks Antonio and Maria! And Maria, it is actually a common sight here in the summers and early fall. The abundance of salmon has the gulls and bears flocking to the same spots.

Maria dB
Maria dB 3 months ago

Very cool spotting; I don't think I've ever seen a bear surrounded by gulls like that before.

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated

Machi 4 months ago

Oops thanks for pointing that out arne. I had been posting a lot of mushroom photos lately and must have been on autopilot.

arne.roysland 4 months ago

I found this spotting of a big bear connected to mission Mushroom Mapping and Fungus of America ?????

Machi 4 months ago

Thank you so much Mark and Tukup!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 months ago

Stunningly beautiful spotting. Thank you for this.

Tukup 4 months ago

Great series Machi. What an experience to be able to what all that. Thanks for sharing it.

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Alaska, USA

Lat: 57.63, Long: -152.53

Spotted on Oct 16, 2019
Submitted on Nov 26, 2019

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