Brown bear, Kamchatka Russia

A brown bear at Kurilskoye Lake (also known as Kurile Lake) in Kamchatka Russia, keeping a watchful eye on me as he goes about fishing for salmon.

Kurilskoye Lake lake is one of the world's richest salmon spawning areas, with an estimated 6 million salmon in the crater lake in peak season. The region is also one of the most remote locations I have visited, located deep in the rugged Eastern Volcanic Zone of Kamchatka Russia (Siberia). There are no roads to the area and the only way in is aboard ex-military Russian Mi-8 helicopters, which arguably, are more dangerous than the bears themselves.

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