Live "bear-cam" captures mother saving her young - amazing footage!

The bear-cam lets viewers see what Katmai National Park bears are up to throughout the day. 

Thanks to a live-streaming project, the curious can now encounter bears safely - but be careful, this web cam is addictive!

A live streaming "bear-cam" in Alaska's Katmai National Park makes it possible to see what the bears at Katmai's Brooks Fall are up to at any point in the day. Mainly they are fishing for salmon, but you can also watch mama bears teaching their young and of adult bears...eh-hem...mating. 

Before bookmarking the live bear-cam at this site, check out this amazing footage of a bear mother rescuing her cub after it falls into the water - demonstrating once again the fierceness of the mother bear! 

Video: Mama bear rescues cub

 

The bear-cam is a project of explore.org and Katmai National Park and Preserve to document the summer salmon run at Katmai's Brooks Falls, an area known for its bear populations. The park is located on the Alaska Peninsula about 250 miles southwest of Anchorage. It is a popular bear viewing destination for those traveling to Alaska.

According to media reports, nine HD web cameras are set up to livestream the bear cam. Solar panels, wind energy and battery packs power the cameras, which also have some remote control capabilities for project managers to zoom in on bear positions. There are about 70 bears in the immediate area of Brooks Falls. 

As we know, bears are an amazing species. They need plenty of room to roam. Protecting large tracts of wilderness is their best bet for long-term healthy survival, another reason why it's important to protect more of our last remaining wilderness.

Learn about our work to protect Alaska's wild habitat here

See also: 

Why protect bears: Learn the surprising answer

Video: Playful bear is a reminder of why we're protecting Montana's Crown of the Continent

Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park: Where bears and humans co-exist

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