Gigantic Bears Fishing in Katmai Alaska

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Gigantic Bears Fishing in Katmai Alaska

This gigantic bear was the largest predator in this region of Katmai, Alaska during the 2010 salmon run. Our skilled grizzly guides estimated that this gigantic bear weighed more than 1,200 pounds!

1,200 pounds is an enormous weight for an inland grizzly bear, although their coastal Kodiak cousins can reach even larger weights! Kodiak bears are a subspecies of grizzly bear that diverged 10,000 years back, when an ice age geographically separated the Kodiak islands form mainland Alaska.

The bears that live on the Kodiak islands can grow o gigantic sizes because of the easy availability of nutrient-rich food sources in the productive coastal waters.

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Gigantic Bears Fishing in Katmai Alaska was last modified: February 21st, 2018 by Matt Shetzer