Katmai National Park and Preserve

Katmai Bear Study Continues

Aug 8, 2016
Katmai National Park

A three-year study at Katmai National Park has hit the mid-point. Changing Tides is the name of the research project looking at, among other things, food resources for bears along coastal areas. 

explore.org

A new study centers on Katmai bears, but it's the people watching them both in the park and online who are the focus. Researchers are looking at how watching wildlife changes attitudes toward conservation.

Wood/NPS

Superintendent positions are open in King Salmon and Kotzebue, and the National Park Service's Alaska Native liaison is encouraging locals to apply. 

Disqus user RieRie Liz / Explore.org

The National Park Service has published it's annual look at possible regulation changes - including some for Southwest Alaska parks.

Gavin Gardner / LEGO Ideas

Brown bears, salmon, Katmai rangers and camera-wielding tourists -- Coming soon, probably, to a LEGO box set near you. 

Bristol Bay and Beyond, January 22, 2016

Jan 22, 2016
KDLG

A North Pole Republican wants to consolidate the University of Alaska system, lawmakers and Bristol Bay students react to Governor Bill Walker's State of the State, and a park ranger presents LEGO Katmai.

Explore.org

The cub tested positive for canine infectious hepatitis, a disease that's been detected in more than 10% of Kodiak and Alaska Peninsula brown bears.

Two Brooks bears dead of unknown causes

Nov 6, 2015
NPS

Thousands watched via bear cams as two bruins quietly laid down and died. In a rare and mysterious case of non-traumatic bear death, those viewers have taken on the roles of both witness and investigator.

Katmai team fights invasive plants

Sep 10, 2015
NPS

Staff are urging visitors to take care not to spread seeds or weeds that can threaten native wildlife in Katmai. 

The hunt for a dino dancefloor in Katmai National Park

Aug 25, 2015
Ray Troll

Artist Ray Troll and Katmai's Roy Wood were on the search for evidence of Jurassic creatures... and all signs pointed to the stomping grounds of the duck-billed dinosaur. 

Tina Crowe / NPS

The bear cams at Brooks Camp, first installed by Explore.org in 2012, have a massive and dedicated online following.

Katmai's Brooks Camp Open Through Mid-October

Sep 22, 2014
National Park Service

The Brooks Camp Visitor Center in Katmai National Park will be open through October 12th this year.  Rangers will be at the center to answer questions and provide bear safety orientations. 

Usually Brooks Camp closes for the winter in early to mid-September. However, after an incline in camp attendance in late fall, this year the campground and the visitor center will stay open longer. 

Snare Removed From Bear in Katmai Park

Aug 5, 2014
Katmai National Park and Preserve

One of the purposes of national parks is to ensure that animals have a place where they can live and roam freely.  Part of that involves not being hunted or encroached upon by humans, but that wasn’t the case for a bear at an Alaska National Park.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

National Park Service

The National Park Service released a new report showing that 2.5 million visitors came to national parks in Alaska in 2013.  Those millions of visitors brought with them money that supports some communities. 

Alaska national parks brought in $1.1 billion in economic support to communities across the state.  These parks employ 17,000 workers directly and thousands more indirectly.  The three most visited parks in the state last year were Klondike Gold Rush at 928,000 visitors, Denali at 530,000 visitors and Glacier Bay at 500,000 visitors.

Popular Katmai Bear Cameras Return for the 3rd Year

Jul 14, 2014
Courtesy: Katmai National Park & Preserve Facebook

The Katmai National Park and Preserve in partnership with Explore.org began rebroadcasting live web camera feeds of the local brown bears along the Brooks River in June. The cameras went down this past winter due to technical difficulties, but have been reactivated over the past few months. There are currently 8 cameras in operation, one of which displays an underwater view of the passing salmon and other marine life in the river. The Annenberg Foundation’s Explore.org helped set up the feeds in 2012, and they continue to fund the project, which is based in the park’s Brooks Camp.

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