Brooks Falls is a waterfall located on the Brooks River within Katmai National Park and Preserve, in Alaska, and a favorite fishing hole for Alaskan brown bears. The bears are attracted by salmons that arrive at the Brooks Falls between July and early September on their way to Brooks Lake, about 2.4 km upstream, where the fish spawn. In order to reach Brooks Lake the fish have to navigate the Brooks Falls. Fortunately for them, Brooks Falls is small – just 6 feet tall, which the energetic salmons can easily leap over. But doing so makes them easy prey to the bears. It is fascinating to watch the bears waiting at the top of the waterfalls to grab at the fishes as they leap out of the water. Many bears attempt to "guide" the salmon into its mouth with its paw, a skill they have perfected throughout their lives at Brooks River.
Many well known photographs and video documentaries of Alaskan brown bears have been taken here.
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