Grizzly Bear Feasting— “Here Fishy Fishy.” This picture of a grizzly bear feasting was taken during the annual Alaskan salmon run. The salmon is starting to turn red due to the changing salinity of the water. The fish is moving from the saltwater ocean upstream, to the mainland spawning grounds where it was born. This migration through different waters causes the salmon to change colors. If they survive the gauntlet of grizzly bears, salmon sharks, and human fishermen along the route of the run, the salmon will die when it lays its eggs.
There is no better time of the year for brown bears than the salmon run; grizzly bears feast on the hugely abundant food supply in preparation for the long winter months which they will spend in hibernation.
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