Bears fish for salmon in a variety of ways. This brown bear attempts to "guide" the salmon into its mouth with its paw. Very fun to watch each bear perfect its angling skills throughout their lives at Brooks River.
Bears "higrade" the best fat rich parts of a salmon (skin, brain, roe) to eat first and may only eat the fat rich parts when salmon are plentiful. People say Brooks River would be an entirely different experience if we could hear salmon scream!
Each summer millions of sockeye salmon return to spawn in their home waters. Their journey home is wrought with dangers including commercial salmon fleets, subsistence harvesters, anglers, and predators.
Sockeye salmon spawn in the lower 7 miles of Margot Creek, but are unable to leap the Margot Creek cascade to gain access to areas further upstream. This concentration of salmon in the lower creek attracts predators like the brown bear to the concentrated food resource (salmon).