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Brown Bear Cub Lands Right Jab by David & Shiela Glatz
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Who needs Mayweather vs. McGregor? We watched these two spring Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) cubs duke it out for over an hour one morning. Every time we thought the brawling was over, one of them snuck up and started it again. Here the lighter-colored cub thought it had “won” a stunning victory of dominance over its darker sibling. Then the darker sibling corrected this insolence with a right jab to the snout. Mother bear was nearby fishing, oblivious to this little drama. The cubs are about 6-7 months old and will be enduring their first winter in a couple months. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

‘The Great Fish Swap’: How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

From our interview with Paul Greenberg, author of the book American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood: 

“What I think we’re doing is we’re low-grading our seafood supply. In effect what we’re doing is we’re sending the really great, wild stuff that we harvest here on our shores abroad, and in exchange, we’re importing farm stuff that, frankly, is of an increasingly dubious nature.

We export millions of tons of wild, mostly Alaska salmon abroad and import mostly farmed salmon from abroad. So salmon for salmon, we’re trading wild for farmed. Another great example of this fish swap is the swapping of Alaska pollock for tilapia and pangasius [catfish]. Alaska pollock is the thing in [McDonald’s] Filet-O-Fish sandwich; it’s the thing in that fake crab that you find in your California roll. We use a lot of pollock ourselves, but we send 600 million pounds of it abroad every year. And in the other direction, we get a similarly white flaky fish — tilapia or pangasius — coming to us mostly from China and Vietnam. They fill a similar fish niche, but they’re very different.”

[Originally broadcast in July 2014. American Catch is now out in paperback]

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Dream On … Little Bear Cubs by David & Shiela Glatz
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Spring Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) cubs (twin sisters) enjoy a nap, while their mother looms in the background. Mother bear is fishing for salmon. She caught several that morning and shared them all with her cubs. Her cubs looked healthy, well-fed and occasionally feisty. Just like bear cubs should be. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

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Bear Cub Posturing … Behind Mom’s Back by David & Shiela Glatz
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Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) spring cubs, both female, posture by getting in each other’s face, opening their mouths and raising them as high as possible. Apparently this is one way bear cubs show dominance. These two siblings are pretty closely matched. Mother bear, who is fishing for salmon, is completely oblivious to this entertaining display of bear cub behavior. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

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Brown Bear Family Evening Meal by David & Shiela Glatz
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Coastal Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) makes a meal of a silver salmon. She left some good bits for her two spring cubs. The Cook Inlet, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

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Her First Litter of Cubs by David & Shiela Glatz
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Coastal Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) family. New mom with her first litter of cubs. They are about 7-8 months old. Mom proved to be an excellent fisher - she (usually) shared her catch with the cubs. Both cubs (females) carried full little bellies off the beach on this morning. Here the cubs warily eye each other - they were constantly sparring while mom was fishing. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.