Where there’s salmon….


Brown bear mother with two cubs at fish wier
Brown bear mother with two cubs at a fish weir

Recently, I went to a large lake near my home in southeast Alaska to make an Encounters radio program about subsistence salmon fishing.  I found these bears taking advantage of sockeye salmon piling up behind a weir (used by biologists to count fish returning to spawn).

This program is the beginning of an Encounters series exploring various aspects of salmon and their place in the history, economy, and culture of Alaska’s people.  The series is funded by the Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund.

I spent many hours watching the fish.  I even managed to catch a few, and I was lucky enough to keep peaceful company with a mother brown bear and her two tiny, hopelessly cute cubs.

And the next day, a very dark brown bear took advantage of the huckleberries in my own back yard.                                                                                                                            ~ R. N.

very dark brown bear in my backyard

A very dark brown bear in my backyard

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10 Responses to Where there’s salmon….

  1. Meg says:

    Love the pictures…can’t even imagine seeing a bear in your backyard.
    Missing Alaska,

  2. Alan says:

    My favourite podcast now has a website, excellent.

    I’ve got a batch of podcasts to catch up on, but look forward to listening to those about the salmon

  3. Dave Barlow says:

    Great Bear photos. You are so lucky to see bears in your back yard. It sounds like it was a good year for sockeye at the lake.

  4. Kathy says:

    listening to Nels as part of a class with Jan and John Straley through UAS

  5. Susan says:

    Wow, that black brown bear is one of the most impressive animals I’ve ever seen.

  6. Dave says:

    Great salmon footage. Some big ones there

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