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Man Takes Salmon Away from an Alaskan Brown Bear
Alaska Bears and Salmon
The depletion of the salmon population has imposed a huge stress on bears. In
order for the bear to acquire enough fat to survive a winter's hibernation, they
must eat 90lbs of salmon a day, or 25 fish. Not only are the bears not meeting
their food supply quotas for hibernation, they are actually starving. When a
bear is facing severe malnutrition, it will lash out for food. In areas where
bears and humans coexist, there have been reports of attacks. In Alaska, bears
have been killed after breaking into homes in search of food. In Russia, bears
have actually eaten men in desperation. Though a bear can physically overpower a
human, the human has the gun, and, if even remotely threatened, will use it.
Every summer, millions of salmon return to Alaska's streams and rivers to spawn,
where they are eagerly greeted by thousands of fishermen. Sport-fishermen from
all around the world travel to the Alaska to catch trophy-size salmon. King,
Sockeye, Coho, and Chum salmon are the most popular being bright, firm, and rich
in flavor. Alaska is also the home to the legendary Copper River salmon and the
Yukon River salmon- which are among the most sought-after, and tastiest, salmon
in the world.
Wild Alaska salmon are harvested commercially in all coastal regions of Alaska.
Salmon are troll-caught, gill-netted, and purse seined throughout the summer
months. Alaska harvests only wild salmon.
King Salmon - Chinook
Lightly spotted on their blue-green back, chinook salmon live from five to seven
years, and weigh up to 120 pounds. Known also as Chinook salmon, they have the
highest oil-content, which is what gives a salmon its rich flavor. The king is
the largest of all salmon species, and the most desirable to sport fishers.
Red Salmon - Sockeye
Blue-tinged silver in color, sockeye salmon live four to five years. They weigh
up to 7 pounds, and are the slimmest and most streamlined of the five species of
Alaskan salmon. Known to fishermen as reds, the sockeye is a valuable fish
because of its high oil content and ability to hold its bright red flesh color.
Silver Salmon - Coho
Bright silver in color, coho salmon live three years, weigh up to 15 pounds, and
are a popular game fish sought by sport fishers. Coho are known as silvers when
caught before full maturity. They are the most popular game fish of the salmon
family, as well as one of the most valuable commercial species.
Chum Salmon - Keta
Resembling sockeye, chum salmon have black specks over their silvery sides. They
live three to five years, and weigh up to 10 pounds. Also known as Keta and
Pink Salmon - Humpy, Humpback
Living only two years, pinks are the smallest of the Pacific salmon, weighing up
to 5 pounds, and have heavily spotted backs over silver bodies. Pink salmon are
the most plentiful of the five species.