I once spent the better part of a day driving on rutted dirt roads in what was reputed to be bear territory in Alaska, determined to see a bear in the wild. Stiff from sitting in one position for so long, sore from being rattled around by the rough roads, bleary-eyed from staring through binoculars for hours on end, I never saw a bear on that trip. Fifteen years later, I am somewhat mollified by explore.org’s new bear cam, which started live-streaming bear play on Tuesday. As long as there’s daylight – which at this time of year in Alaska lasts nearly 20 hours a day – I can watch brown bears looking for salmon at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park. Don’t tell my boss.
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