"Bears return as Web show stars" Associated Press, July 16, 2013
KATMAI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska — Stars snarling at each other, mate swapping, dominant males posturing and establishing their territory.
It’s not quite ‘‘Jersey Shore,’’ but these are among the highlights of the second season of an Internet reality show coming your way this week.
The stars are the brown bears of Katmai National Park and Preserve in remote Alaska. Eight webcams, an increase of five from last year, have been set up at various parts of the park to livestream the daily life and drama of the park’s famed bears. Social aspects also have been enhanced, with live Web chats planned with rangers and scientists and a new photo-sharing feature.
‘‘We know that Katmai is a cost-prohibitive place to visit so not a lot of people get the opportunity to come here,’’ park ranger Michael Fitz said.
‘‘We still want people to have an understanding of what Katmai is like . . . so explore.org is able to partner with Katmai to provide many different webcams along the Brooks River,’’ Fitz said.
Among the new camera views this year will be another angle from Brooks Falls, where bears stand in the water and try to catch salmon. Cameras also are situated at the riffles, a few hundred yards downstream from the falls, and at the lower river, where cameras will catch the bears fishing near a pedestrian bridge.
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