Katmai bear cam live stream: Bears plump up ahead of winter

As summer comes to a close, Katmai National Park and Preserve's salmon-grabbing brown bears are bulking up for winter.

There's still time to watch the bears and their expanding girth as they catch salmon in Katmai National Park, home to one the world's highest concentration of brown bears, according to the National Park Service.

The park's bear cam is a popular feature that, during the height of the summer season, is viewed by tens of thousands of people on a given day, the park said in a release.

The live stream camera is aimed at the Brooks River, where many iconic photographs have been taken of salmon jumping straight into the mouths of waiting bears.

On Aug. 29, Katmai National Park tweeted that most bears leave the area in August, only to return with "significantly more body fat" in September.

Laurel Andrews

Laurel Andrews was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch News and Alaska Dispatch. She left the ADN in October 2018.