Wildlife of Katmai National Park: Why Preserving Wild Spaces Is Important

Katmai National Park, Alaska

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grizzly and salmon photo

credit: Jaymi Heimbuch

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About a decade ago I attended a lecture about photographing grizzly bears, and ever since I've held a trip to see Alaska's brown bears in the center of my heart. But where would I go to see them in the environment I really wanted -- quiet, calm, and with very few people? Thanks to the US National Parks system, there was a great location: Katmai National Park. This park has not only the wildlife I wanted to see, but also is evidence of why national parks and their conservation are so deeply important to the landscape and biodiversity of the United States.

And, it's where you see coastal brown bears doing their thing like chasing salmon up a stream.