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Bear standing on a spit in the Brooks River Mouth
Brown bears are just one of many species of mammals that reside in Katmai country.
Roy Wood

Brown bears and moose live throughout the coastal and lake regions of Katmai National Park and Preserve. The moose feed on willows, water plants, and grasses. Other mammals include caribou, red fox, wolf, lynx, wolverine, river otter, mink, marten, weasel, porcupine, snowshoe hare, red squirrel, and beaver. Along the coast are sea lions, sea otters, hair seals, porpoise. Beluga whales, orcas, and gray whales sometimes use the Shelikof Strait just beyond Katmai's boundaries.

For a draft list of mammals compiled by the Southwest Alaska Network inventory and monitoring program click here. Many questions about bears are answered in the brown bear frequently asked questions.

America's national parks provide an important refuge for three species of bears. Explore the National Park Service’s bear page to learn about bears, the work we do to protect them, and guidelines for staying safe around them.

Did You Know?

Ash from this volcanic eruption fell 1500 miles away in Seattle

In 1912, explosions from the Novarupta-Katmai eruption were heard as far away as Juneau and Fairbanks. About 1500 miles away (2400 km) Seattle, WA was dusted by ash.