Crittercam: Grizzly Bear Catches a Salmon

Candice Gaukel Andrews July 5, 2012 2

Photos of grizzly bears catching salmon at Brooks Falls, Alaska, have become synonymous with the state. ©Candice Gaukel Andrews

Photos of grizzly bears catching salmon over Brooks Falls in Alaska (such as the one above, which I captured on a trip to Alaska in 2006) have become iconic images for the state and for the still-wild areas of America in general. And anyone who has been to Brooks has witnessed heart-thumping scenes just like this one.

But here’s a twist on this now familiar image: What if you could view a grizzly catching a salmon from the bear’s point of view?

Watch this short video produced by National Geographic that approximates what an Alaskan brown bear sees as it munches on rich, forest vegetation before catching a savory salmon.

Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,




  1. Heidi S. July 10, 2012 at 4:12 am - Reply

    I’m in Juneau for the summer. I spotted my 1st bear last week on my daily run. I’m looking forward to when the salmon are really spawning.

  2. Phillip T. July 5, 2012 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Just love this Candice – thanks for sharing

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