Tagged Alaskan Bears Lead Researchers to Undiscovered Salmon Streams

Alaskan Bears
Photo: NPS/MATT CAMERON

Beginning in 2014, researchers began tagging Grizzly Bears in the Alaskan interior to track their movements and learn more about their complex behaviors. It’s been thought that interior Grizzlies rely on terrestrial meat for their diet, as compared to their coastal cousins who rely almost entirely on the bounty of salmon that run into the state’s coastal rivers each year. Well, once again, the bears have proven to be more complex than we previously thought, and researchers have found something quite interesting.

In a recent article from the National Park Service, researchers share the unexpected results of an interior Alaskan bear tagging study that resulted in the discovery of salmon spawning streams deep in the Alaskan interior that biologists were previously unaware of.

Read the full report, here!

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