Watch a Group of Hungry Bears Get Swept Over a Waterfall While Hunting Fish

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Published: February 23, 2023
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Chances are you’ve seen the famous photograph of an Alaskan brown bear perched on the edge of a waterfall in hopes of snagging a flying salmon trying to scale the falls, even if you haven’t seen it for yourself. 

The most renowned location in the world to see Alaskan brown bears in their native habitat is here, near Brooks Falls. During the salmon season, there may be as many as 50 bears living along the mile-and-a-half Brooks River, several of which can be seen from three raised observation posts along the river.

All bears are skilled fishermen, particularly black bears, and grizzly bears. 

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They use excellent techniques to catch fish. Bears are omnivorous, which means they consume a wide range of things, including honey, nuts, larvae worms, ants, bugs, tree seeds, and a number of fish species, including salmon. 

Brown bears catch fish for sustenance using their paws and teeth. They have canines, which are long, large teeth. A bear’s ability to catch fish is a unique form of art. 

One of the best places to see brown bears in the world to observe them is Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve. There are said to be roughly 2,200 bears living in Katmai National Park.

There are a plethora of videos showcasing these gorgeous animals attempting to catch a fish or two at Brooks Falls. One that keeps our attention starts off with an adorable brown bear performing a canon ball straight off of a waterfall! 

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Another scene shows a lone brown bear patiently waiting for a salmon to jump out of the water. As it waits, another bear is in the distance moving backward toward the falls. In the blink of an eye, the giant apex predator plummets over the waterfall into the water below. 

Right behind that bear is his sibling! These young cubs aren’t skilled enough in rushing water and the other bear follows suit and plops down over the waterfall. It turns out the grizzly waiting for salmon is their mother! 

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Mama bear swiftly moves once she sees that her babies have been swept over the waterfall. Don’t worry – all of these bears are alright! This compilation video continues with several bears hanging out in the same area, just wanting a fresh lunch! 

It almost looks as if they jump off the waterfall on purpose. We can’t lie, it does look like a refreshing way to cool off on a hot summer day! A top comment on the video says what we’re all thinking. It reads:

“They literally have their own natural water park with free food going by. It looks like a group of bears on a vacation together. This looks so fun and relaxing. It makes me want to be one of those bears.” 

Take a look at the adorable compilation below and you’ll be smiling ear-to-ear in no time! 

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Grizzly bears fishing in Brooks River
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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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