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Black Bear securely grabbing Pink Salmon with both front claws and mouth _GS19056

Black Bear (Ursus americanus) grabbing a Pink Salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) with both front feet and its mouth as insurance the fish won't get away. These bears test the Salmon to see if it is male or female as they prefer the female for its roe.


We had such good luck with bears the last two years that I have chartered the ship for another 11 day cruise this next summer (2013). There is still space if someone wants to book this trip. To see the itinerary, go to and click on the link in the lower right corner of the opening page.

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Taken on July 30, 2012