Black Bear Wedges Between Two Rocks, Snags A Salmon, & Retreats Into Darkness

Black bear catches a fish
Taylor Thomas Albright

The salmon never saw it coming.

Bears are known to be prolific fishers, especially the populations who live near rivers where salmon make their annual spawning run.

We’ve all seen the incredible sight of bears snagging fish out of waterfalls, sometimes even fighting other bears for a prime spot, but when the time calls for it, they can also make a much sneakier approach.

This video of a black bear peaking out from a hiding spot is a prime example of that.

We see the sly bear sticking his head out from between two boulders just enough to get a good view of the rushing water beneath him, waiting for a salmon to try and sneak past. When an unlucky one finds himself there, it’s over before it starts.

The speed and accuracy bears have while grabbing fast swimming fish out of water is one of the more underappreciated aspects of the creatures. Of course they have lots of practice and have to go hungry if they don’t succeed, but man, just one quick snap of the head and the meal is literally already in their mouth.

Super impressive. Shoutout to this black bear, and prayers up for that salmon…

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