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An extraordinary chum salmon run on the Kobuk River in Northwest Alaska has clogged the waterway with fish, apparently forcing many into the low-oxygen shallows and killing them in high numbers.

Suzanna Caldwell
As Thea Thomas curled into the fetal position to protect herself from the brown bear that had sprinted toward her on the Heney Ridge Trail, she wondered if she would survive the attack. “Time seemed to kind of slow down a little and I thought, ‘Well, I might not get out of this one,’” Thomas said.Laurel Andrews
Trapping in Katmai National Park and Preserve is never legal for any reason -- not even as predator control. So, how brown bear sow 854, better known to her fans as Divot, ended up with a snare wrapped around her neck and piercing her flesh remains a mystery.Megan Edge
A Nome woman was cited for killing a musk ox earlier this month, underscoring the community's growing problem with nuisance musk oxen wandering close to town.Matthew F. Smith | KNOM
The man, who has not been identified, said he was walking with his unleashed dogs off of Hiland Road. The dogs wandered off and when they ran back, they were trailed by a brown bear sow. Tegan Hanlon
It is the third time since 1971 that Alaska scientists have confirmed the rabies virus in a bat, but the state has never recorded an incidence of transmission of rabies from a bat to humans.Tegan Hanlon
A National Guard soldier was attacked by a brown bear sow defending cubs during a training exercise on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson Sunday, base officials said in a statement. Michelle Theriault Boots
For the third year in a row, viewers from around the world can tune in at almost any hour of the day to see bears along the Brooks River catching salmon and living their day-to-day lives on the Alaska Peninsula.Alaska Dispatch News
A lone male musk ox was shot by an area Fish and Game biologist in Kotzebue after a series of run-ins in the village, that culminated when he gored a sled dog of Iditarod musher John Baker.Jillian Rogers
A set of webcams along the Brooks River, where as many as 70 bears live and fish for salmon in Katmai National Park and Preserve, have captured their daily comings and goings. When one brown bear turned up dead this month, apparently killed by another and partially eaten, it prompted an outpouring of sadness from the bear's fans.Megan Edge