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Watch bears and salmon live in Alaska - Oh My!

Taryn Kiekow Heimer

Posted July 11, 2013

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Want an up-close and personal look at the pristine salmon spawning streams that have inspired such strong opposition to the Pebble Mine? Check out the amazing critter cams at has live cams placed in iconic locations around the world—including cams in southwest Alaska near the proposed Pebble Mine site. The Brooks Falls live cams in Katmai National Park offer stunning live footage of brown bears catching the wild salmon we are seeking to protect from the proposed Pebble Mine.

The bear footage is spectacular.  And if that doesn’t inspire you, be sure to watch the salmon trying to jump up the falls—their instinct to spawn leads them, through sheer force of will, to swim miles upstream. CritterCam.jpg

It’s rare that we’re given the opportunity to see up close and personal the animals threatened by a specific development, but’s critter cams allow us to see exactly what’s at risk should foreign mining companies develop Pebble Mine.  Proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Pebble would produce up to 10 billion pounds of mining waste and threaten the area’s legendary wild salmon runs.  Salmon are the economic and ecological backbone of the region—not only do the salmon runs sustain a vast array of wildlife, but they also  support a $1.5 billion annual commercial fishery, sports fishing, subsistence fishing that together generate 14,000 jobs annually.

Over 80% of Bristol Bay residents and Alaskans oppose the mine, and once you watch these compelling live-streaming videos, we think you’ll want to protect the area too—or at least get online and Yelp the nearest sashimi joint!

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Dylan McFarlaneJul 14 2013 04:27 PM

That was a cool website - my first time seeing the bears there in Katmai. But it is misleading to juxtapose Pebble and Brooks Fall - it's geographic deception. Brooks Falls is about 100 miles South of the Pebble deposit, and within a large lake system and a different watershed (Naknek River) system that would not be impacted. The Pebble mine could impact the Kvichak and Nushagak, which is on State of Alaska mineral exploration and development lands, not a US Federal national park.

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