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Kodiak Brown Bear

Ursus arctos middendorffi


I saw it eating lots of different plants in this grassy patch. This was a fairly young bear, and still a bit skinny too. It will fatten up when the pink salmon start running up the river.


Grassy area outside of town not too far from the ocean and several streams


Kodiak Brown Bears are one of the two largest bears in the world along with the polar bear. They are often twice the size of many other brown bears. They are especially fortunate to live on an island with plentiful salmon, wild berries and other edible plants, with only a small portion of the island is inhabited/accessible by road so these giants can flourish.

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Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson a year ago

Well done, Machi!

Machi a year ago

Thanks everyone! Glad you can enjoy it!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Great spotting, congratulations Machi!

armadeus.4 a year ago

Congratulations Machi! Wonderful series. Thank you for sharing :) Liana

Brian38 a year ago

Congrats Machi! Great spotting!

KostasZontanos a year ago

Congratulations Machi!

Machi a year ago

Thanks Felix!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck a year ago

Fantastic spotting, Machi! Congrats.

Machi a year ago

Wow thank you Daniele and Zlatan! I have some more photos coming, one of a sow and two cubs I saw two nights ago :)

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago

Wow. Great series - I missed the previous ones, but this one is spectacular. Congrats, by the way.

DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations Machi, this great series is our Spotting of the Day!

"From the very small during Moth Week to the rather large, this young Kodiak Brown Bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi) is our Spotting of the Day! The Kodiak Brown Bear is found on the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago in southwest Alaska. It is the largest recognized subspecies of brown bear. Project Noah member Machi has been spending extended periods of time on Kodiak Island, and it is her third spotting for this spectacular species".



Machi a year ago

Yes, I won't be staying as long as last year (that was about 8 months) so I will be leaving soon... But I'll likely come up every year

DanielePralong a year ago

I realize it's your third spotting for this species, this time quite close shots! Are still spending a lot of time on Kodiak Island?

Machi a year ago

Thanks Daniele!

DanielePralong a year ago

Spectacular Machi :-)

Alaska, USA

Lat: 57.70, Long: -152.57

Spotted on Jul 14, 2017
Submitted on Aug 1, 2017

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