Webcams make Alaska bears accessible - WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |

Webcams make Alaska bears accessible

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A new video initiative is bringing the famed brown bears of Alaska's Katmai National Park directly to a computer or smartphone.

Cameras installed in a partnership with explore.org that will allow viewers to watch the animals in their natural habitat, adult bears compete for salmon at Brook Falls, and cubs play with each other. A live Web stream begins Tuesday.

A park official says it will provide an unparalleled opportunity for people to study bears at the park, which is difficult to reach and expensive for most tourists. Katmai is about 275 miles southwest of Anchorage, but no roads lead there, so a trip involves multiple airplanes and a lot of planning.

Explore.org spokesman Jason Damata says the webcam is part of efforts to reconnect people with nature.

Click here to see the live Web stream.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WXOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Theresa Wopat at 507-895-9969. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.