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It is not easy and a relatively expensive trip to get here. The reservations are booked out the first hour it is available. With careful planning, we were able to get a permit to come here to Katmai National Park and Reserved for Bear Viewing during salmon run season. We also got the permit to stay here, camping in side an electric fence, for 3 nights. We were very lucky to have been there during the peak of the salmon run. Each year is a little varies between early and late July. If you are too early there are no bear around, and too late they are already done. For the last few years it has been late July. This year, due to the warm weather in Alaska, the salmon run has been early, they started in mid-June and peaks at in mid-July when we were here. We saw many bears at Brooks Falls catching salmon while they are swimming upstream to spawn. It may look easy, but it is not. And the bear don't normally catch the fish with its mouth, though I'm sure it happens once in a while. Most of the time they catch them with their paws when the fishes land in the shallow and narrow area. The bear can't move around that much up on the top of the fall, he has to balance himself so he doesn't fall. You can imagine the frustration seeing the fish so close but you just can't get it. In the WS there another shot of the bear with a fish.

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