Mikfit Creek

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (1/19)

©Rich Beckman

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (2/19)

©Rich Beckman

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (3/19)

©Rich Beckman

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (4/19)

©Rich Beckman

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The Bald Eagle is the only eagle unique to North America. They are opportunistic carnivores, but within the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary fish comprise the majority of the eagle's diet with much being taken as carrion. The bald eagle was declared an endangered species in the U.S. in 1967 and failed to recover until after DDT was banned in the U.S. and Canada. (5/19)

©Rich Beckman

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (6/19)

©Rich Beckman

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (7/19)

©Rich Beckman

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (8/19)

©Rich Beckman

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (9/19)

©Rich Beckman

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (10/19)

©Rich Beckman

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (11/19)

©Rich Beckman

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (12/19)

©Rich Beckman

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (13/19)

©Rich Beckman

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (14/19)

©Rich Beckman

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (15/19)

©Rich Beckman

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (16/19)

©Rich Beckman

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (17/19)

©Rich Beckman

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (18/19)

©Rich Beckman

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Mikfit Creek is located in the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the northeastern Alaskan Peninsula and is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Every summer, bears gather at McNeil River, creating the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world.

During June, a smaller number of bears (generally 15 - 20) are attracted to nearby Mikfik Creek, south of McNeil River, to feed on migrating sockeye salmon. In early July, as the sockeye run ends in the creek, a chum salmon run that attracts more than 100 bears begins in McNeil River.

The McNeil River area was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and enlarged in 1993. McNeil River and Mikfik Creek drain into Kamishak Bay near Augustine Island, an active volcano in southwestern Cook Inlet. (19/19)

©Rich Beckman

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