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Brown Bear Camera

Brown bears are one of the eight species of bears in the world. Brown bears typically reside in the mountain and forest regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. The largest brown bears are located in the coastal regions of British Columbia and Alaska.

Often recognized by their thick and furry brown coat, brown bears can weigh up to 800 pounds and can also live up to 25 years. Try to see if you can recognize the individual bears featured on the bear cam.

Brown bear diet and hibernation

Brown bears are most commonly spotted near rivers during late summer and fall where they fish for salmon. Although brown bears do hunt and eat meat, they can acquire most of their daily sustenance through fruits and berries that they find within the forest.

But as they get closer to the winter hibernation brown bears will begin to consume a high-fat diet. During this time, brown bears can eat up to 90 pounds in one day. These bears need to acquire almost double their body weight in order to survive a four to seven-month long hibernation.

When brown bears are ready to hibernate, they dig or find dens, usually within hillsides, where they will sleep for the entire duration of winter.

Mother bears and her cubs

Brown bears are often solitary mammals with the exception being cubs that live with their mother at the beginning of their lives. You may spot several cubs with their mother on our brown bear cam.

Female brown bears become pregnant before hibernating. During hibernation, a female brown bear will give birth to one or more cubs without waking up from her deep slumber. The newly born cubs come out the size of a small chipmunk. But regardless of this small size, they are just big enough to nestle into their mother’s fur and place themselves in a position where they can nurse for the remainder of the winter. Their mother’s milk is very high in fat and allows for these cubs to grow rapidly during this hibernation period.

Once the long winter is over, the cubs are strong enough to walk and stand by themselves and will continue out into the world alongside their mother. Brown bear cubs will stay with their mother for up to three years before they venture out on their own.

Mother bears have been known to be extremely dangerous if any person or animal comes in between her and her cubs. These bears have recorded speeds of up to 30 miles per hour and can most likely outrun anyone they feel threatened by.

  • grant: $150,000 - Katmai National Park and Preserve

    To provide salary support and equipment for a seasonal media ranger position, to support educational programming and the brown bear webcams, and for ongoing interpretive activities

  • topic: brown bears

  • location: brooks camp - falls

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Learn More & Get Involved · Katmai National Park and Preserve
Exclusive LIVE footage from Alaska's Brooks River in Katmai National Park. Every year over a hundred Brown Bears descend on a mile long stretch of Brooks River to feast on the largest Sockeye Salmon run in the world.

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location: Katmai National Park & Preserve, AK

best hours: 10:00am - 7:00pm

time zone: Alaska Daylight Time

links: Bearcam FAQ
KSU Brown Bear Survey
Bears of Brooks River eBook
Katmai National Park and Preserve

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NGO: Katmai National Park and Preserve

grant: $150,000

location: Brooks Camp - Falls

mission: To provide salary support and equipment for a seasonal media ranger position, to support educational programming and the brown bear webcams, and for ongoing interpretive activities

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Brown Bear Camera

Brown bears are one of the eight species of bears in the world. Brown bears typically reside in the mountain and forest regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. The largest brown bears are located in the coastal regions of British Columbia and Alaska.

Often recognized by their thick and furry brown coat, brown bears can weigh up to 800 pounds and can also live up to 25 years. Try to see if you can recognize the individual bears featured on the bear cam.

Brown bear diet and hibernation

Brown bears are most commonly spotted near rivers during late summer and fall where they fish for salmon. Although brown bears do hunt and eat meat, they can acquire most of their daily sustenance through fruits and berries that they find within the forest.

But as they get closer to the winter hibernation brown bears will begin to consume a high-fat diet. During this time, brown bears can eat up to 90 pounds in one day. These bears need to acquire almost double their body weight in order to survive a four to seven-month long hibernation.

When brown bears are ready to hibernate, they dig or find dens, usually within hillsides, where they will sleep for the entire duration of winter.

Mother bears and her cubs

Brown bears are often solitary mammals with the exception being cubs that live with their mother at the beginning of their lives. You may spot several cubs with their mother on our brown bear cam.

Female brown bears become pregnant before hibernating. During hibernation, a female brown bear will give birth to one or more cubs without waking up from her deep slumber. The newly born cubs come out the size of a small chipmunk. But regardless of this small size, they are just big enough to nestle into their mother’s fur and place themselves in a position where they can nurse for the remainder of the winter. Their mother’s milk is very high in fat and allows for these cubs to grow rapidly during this hibernation period.

Once the long winter is over, the cubs are strong enough to walk and stand by themselves and will continue out into the world alongside their mother. Brown bear cubs will stay with their mother for up to three years before they venture out on their own.

Mother bears have been known to be extremely dangerous if any person or animal comes in between her and her cubs. These bears have recorded speeds of up to 30 miles per hour and can most likely outrun anyone they feel threatened by.

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