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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Wildlife Photography - Bears and Whales in Alaska, Day Ten

A powerful Bear Run on Admiralty Island

Admiralty Island, in SE Alaska, has the highest density of Brown bears in the world. The island is about 1,650 square miles and was named by the famous explorer Captain George Vancouver after the Admiralty of the Royal Navy. The island has two small native population of about 400 people and 3,000 Brown bears. There are no Black bears or Moose on the island.

However, this is not to say it is easy to find Brown bears. Depending on the salmon run, temperature and time of the year, sightings can vary a lot. Their primary food source is salmon, supplemented by clams and mussels, plus grass and different vegetation, since bears are omnivorous.

A big male Brown bear can weigh over 1,000 pounds and the female is about 400 to 600 pounds, depending on time of year and the supply of food. I am off for more bear photography. Visit my website for more Brown bear photos.

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