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Star lover
August 29th, 2018, 07:51 AM
The history of Katmai National Park and Preserve, in Alaska, started with a bang literally.

On June 6, 1912, the Novarupta volcano erupted with such force it caused a collapse on Mount Katmai and devastated fishing communities in the area. Yet with the devastation came opportunity to preserve and study the pristine volcanic environment as it regenerated and evolved.


At the urging of the National Geographic Society, in 1918 Woodrow Wilson signed a presidential proclamation to preserve the area. Happy 100th birthday, Katmai National Park and Preserve!

There are several active volcanoes in Katmai Provincial Park, including Mount Katmai, Fourpeaked Mountain, Mount Martin, Mount Mageik, Trident Volcano, and Novarupta.

Volcanoes in the park that have not erupted in recent years include Mount Kejulik, Mount Douglas, Mount Griggs, Snowy Mountain, Mount Cerberus, Falling Mountain, and Devils Desk.

Katmai Provincial Park is home to the largest protected population of grizzly bears, which is estimated to be at approximately 2,200.

Because the rangers at Katmai Provincial Park take special care to avoid the grizzly bears coming into contact with humans or with human food, the grizzly bears are not interested in humans. This makes it possible for better photography opportunities as it is possible to get closer.


Due to cold climate in Alaska's Katmai Provincial Park, there are almost no reptiles or amphibians found there.

Wildlife that can be found at Katmai Provincial Park includes grizzly bears, moose, wolves, Dall sheep, coyotes, wolverines, lynx, arctic ground squirrels, voles, red foxes, weasels, caribous, beavers, river otters, martens, porcupines, snowshoe hares, sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, and gray whales, orcas, and beluga whales can be seen in the ocean.

In 1989 the coastline to Katmai Provincial Park was damaged extensively by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound. It resulted in oil along 90% of the park's coastline. The oil killed 8,400 birds alone. The last oil was cleaned up in 1991.

In 1923 the annual number of visitors to Katmai was 15. In 2012 the number of visitors was 39,818.

Visiting the park is best in July when the grizzly bears are trying to catch salmon in the rivers. Because of accessibility, the time to visit is between June and early September.

August 29th, 2018, 08:43 AM
Amazing to see all those bears in one spot!