Alaskan brown bears are among the largest bears in the world, with adult males weighing in anywhere between 800 to 1,500 pounds and standing at about 8 to 10 feet tall on their hind legs. Females are generally much smaller, weighing only around 400 to 800 pounds.
These bears are omnivorous, so while they primarily feed on plant matter, such as berries, grasses, and roots, they are also opportunistic predators that will hunt.
And these bears here at Katmai National Park love to dig their claws into some fish.
Located at the northern end of the Alaska Peninsula, the park covers an area of approximately 4.1 million acres. It is particularly renowned for its population of brown bears, which gather along the Brooks River in the summer to catch salmon. Visitors have the opportunity to observe the bears up close in their natural habitat.
Skilled fishermen, they stand in rivers and catch fish by snagging them out of the air with their jaws.
And while an abundance of salmon provides for a relatively safe environment for viewing (bears will full bellies and plenty of fish don’t usually pose a threat to humans), however that’s not to say that it can’t get a little competitive at the fishing hole.
These big males were recently filmed throwing paws at Brooks Falls, and while it was over pretty quick, it sure was intense.
Check it out:
856 vs. Walker: Brooks Falls heated up last night as two dominant forces went head to head. No serious injuries reported. pic.twitter.com/5c2OOsUOcw