Bears Gathering at McNeil Falls
Salmon are an energy-rich food source, vital to the overwinter survival and reproduction of bears. At the same time, predation by bears exerts an important influence on the survival and evolution of the salmon populations. Additionally, a wide range of plant and animal species in the surrounding landscape benefit from this interaction by consuming and absorbing nutrients from the wastes and partially eaten salmon carcasses left behind.
Pictured: Forty-four brown bears gather at McNeil Falls on July 16, 2010. During our observations we saw up to 74 brown bears gathered here at once.