Alaska’s wild natural beauty has much to offer to tourists, photographers, and wildlife enthusiasts. The best among all the options is of course, the Alaskan Bear viewing. It is one of the most popular tourist activities and there are many great options for bear viewing in Alaska. It is generally through flight that one can reach the remote spots where bear viewing is possible. One such spot is the Katmai National Park.

In most people’s itinerary, Katmai bear viewing is the high point of their Alaska visit. Katmai is divided into Katmai National Park on the east coast along the Shelikof straight, and Katmai National Preserve/ McNeil river area.
Katmai national Park, which has Brooks camp is accessed generally from the King Salmon area by floatplane only. This particular camp in Katmai National Park is the most renowned and hence the most regularly visited bear viewing destination in the state and probably in the world. The flight out to the bear viewing areas alone is worth the price as it will take you past incredible panorama, in many cases over glaciated mountains and active volcanoes while on the way to the bear viewing area.

The busiest time for bear viewing is July through August and Brooks Camp can receive as many as 400 visitors per day for Katmai Bear viewing, and sometimes more, which is not surprising provided the attraction posed by the magnificent grizzly bears. People outnumber bears at Brooks Camp on any day during the busy season. You are almost guaranteed to see bears fishing, as long as the fish are running which is the biggest advantage of Brooks. There is a lot of support communications and transportation for those who are intimidated by the truly isolated rough country of Alaska.
While we are discussing the great experience of Katmai Bear Viewing, we should also look at some of the bear behaviors that the tourists should be aware of in case of mergencies:
Always let bears know you are there.

make your presence known If you are hiking through bear country- especially where terrain or vegetation makes it hard to see. Groups are noisier and are easier for bears to detect, so If possible travel with a group. Always let bears know you are there, as they don’t like surprises!

2. Don't crowd Bears!
Every bear has a "personal space"! Give bears plenty of room, and don’t crowd them. Some bears are more tolerant than others are, but if you get too close in your enthusiasm, they might feel threatened which will not be good for you. A bear may react aggressively, If you stray within that zone.

3. Bears love to eat!
For winter hibernation, Bears have only about 6 months to build up fat reserves. Don't let them get a taste of human food or perceive that garbage is an easy meal. If you leave food or garbage It is both foolish and illegal.

4. Don't run!
Bear are faster than humans are, and have been clocked at speeds up to 35mph and, so you can't outrun a bear. If a bear comes close to you in any situation, running will only cause the bear to see you as prey, and trigger a chase response, even if the initial response might just have been curiosity.

the Katmai coast does get a lot more pressure from human visitation, but the charm of Katmai bear viewing is so alluring that it is adding up to the number of people each year that visit for the purpose. This has prompted a lottery system to let people in the area, so as to have a control over human footfall over the pristine and virgin land of Alaska.

Author's Bio: 

The author of this article named Jeo Nash have been conducting Katmai bear viewing trips since last six years and are aware of all the pros and cons involved in such tours, both for the animals as well as their human counterparts.