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Travel Tips: Get Away From The Busy City And Head On To Alaska To Watch Bears

Travelers Today       By    Chen Gomez

Updated: Nov 23, 2016 10:29 PM EST

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In this modern age where technology progresses, threatening the expanse of wildlife, there are only quite a few places where you can watch wild bears in their natural habitat. One of these amazing places is in the large cold regions of Alaska, particularly in Katmai.

Established for the purpose of protecting the site of where the world's largest volcanic eruption by Novarupta, which occurred during the 20th century, otherwise known as the Valley of The Ten Thousand Smokes, the Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska is probably the best place to watch bears in the wild, according to the Huffington Post. A place in Katmai known as the Brooks Falls is the number one fishing spot of many coastal brown bears in Alaska, where they catch and feed on salmon from the river as the fish travel upstream towards their spawning grounds. This place also is a site to see for bear-watchers and nature photographers.

Coastal brown bears are the same species as the notorious grizzly bears. But the differences between the two are coastal brown bears are bigger, more tolerant of humans and also, they have a huge appetite for fish, particularly salmon, especially during the summer, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Travelers who want to see the bears may stay in the Brooks Camp during their stay in the Katmai National Park in Alaska. The camp has a main lodge, a cafeteria, 16 lodge cabins that can accommodate 60 guests and a camping ground which is secured by electrified fences that can accommodate 60 tent-dwellers. From there, there is a trail that is less than a mile towards the Brooks River.

Aside from watching bears, visitors of Katmai National Park go there for fly-fishing, camping and taking photos of nature. Also during the month of July, the sun doesn't set until 11pm. "Brooks Camp is an ironic place," said National Park Service visual information specialist Mike Fitz, who manages the cameras for lookout for bears. "You come here to see bears. But often you can't go where you want to go, because bears are in the way."

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