Kodiak bear PHOTOS

 
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Kodiak Bear Pictures - also known as the Alaskan Brown Bear

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Kodiak Bears, Ursus arctos middendorffi, are generally shy and people, except when they are surprised or threatened, or mothers protecting their cubs. Bears are attracted to human food, garbage, or hunter-killed game. Almost all serious incidents involved hunters that were hunting by themselves and returning to a previous kill. About once every other year a bear injures a person on Kodiak but only one person has been killed in the last 75 years.

Kodiak natives traditionally hunted bears for food, clothing and tools. Bear heads were often left in the field as a sign of respect for the bears. Kodiak bears were commercially hunted throughout the 1800s with the price paid for a bear hide of around $10. Cattle ranchers have shot the bears to protect their livestock, often shooting them from airplanes. The reduction in bear population led to the creation of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in 1941. Hunting is controlled under strict regulations, 496 permits are issued each year to Alaska residents, with around 180 Kodiak bears slaughtered a year. Over 70% of the Kodiak bears slaughtered by hunters are adult males.

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Picture of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, Kukak Bay

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Image of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, BooBoo, Lady Hook's cub, Hallo Bay

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Stock photo of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, BooBoo and Corona, Lady Hook's spring cubs, Hallo Bay

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Picture of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, male hunting at Kukak Bay

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Picture of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, sow and three spring cubs, Hallo Bay

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Image of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, Yellow Tag #132 hunts, Hallo Bay

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Stock photo of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, Paula and her cub, Racer, at Hallo Bay.

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Picture of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, hunting at Kukak Bay

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Picture of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, eight grizzly bears hunt at the river. We saw up to 22 at once, Hallo Bay

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Image of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, Racer at Hallo Bay

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Stock photo of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, Lady Hook and cubs leave the river for the day, Hallo Bay

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Picture of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, Carol carefully opens a clam she has just dug up. Bears can open clam shells in about a second, Hallo Bay

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Picture of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, Carol carefully opens a clam she has just dug up. Bears can open clam shells in about a second, at Hallo Bay

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Image of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi,Carol and her three spring cubs dig for clams at Hallo Bay

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Stock photo of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, two bears fight for a salmon at Hallo Bay

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Picture of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, a large male bear catches and eats a salmon at Hallo Bay

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Picture of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, Lady Hook and her two spring cubs, Corona and BooBoo, Hallo Bay

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Image of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi. BooBoo and Corona, Lady Hook's spring cubs, play with a piece of kelp at Hallo Bay

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Stock photo of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, lounges by the river while he waits for salmon, Kukak Bay

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Picture of a Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, male hunting at Kukak Bay

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