Late Spring • Canoe Bay, Alaska

Although brown bears don't mingle much, these two have gathered at a stream. They are lured by the salmon that swim upstream each summer. The nutrient-rich fish help the bears regain body mass after hibernating for the winter.

Brown bears vary in size and color depending on where they live. Those on the Alaska Peninsula coast and islands are the largest carnivores that live on land today. Brown bears that live inland (such as the grizzly bears) eat mainly plants ‐ and can be half the size!

  • The bears' next meal
  • The sharp claws they use to hunt