Brown Bear Starvation in Kamchatka
Kamchatka, in the Russian far east, is filled with primal nature and landscape, it is also the second largest spawning site of Salmon in the World, after Alaska. The Brown Bears are arriving in the hundreds to lake Kuril, part of the South Kamchatka Sanctuary, to feed on the Salmon and gain enough fat for the winter's hibernation and without it they won't survive the harsh winter's conditions of this remote land.
Although 2017 was an excellent year for Salmon and provided the bears with excellent feeding opportunities with high bear cub survival rate, 2018 was the complete opposite. The Salmon didn't arrive and the bears are starving. The researchers predict high mortality rate in this winter season.
The causes for the Salmon decrease are partly changing climate and precipitation patterns along side with over fishing in the Okhotsk sea and northern Japan sea.
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