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The Fish and the Forest: Overview/Sea to Shore

  • To avoid confrontations, bears often carry their salmon catch onto the streamside bank or into the forest.
  • Once safely alone, they usually eat only the most nutritious part of the fish and discard the rest, which still contains many valuable minerals and calories.
  • These rich remains support a hierarchy of animals and plants.
  • The dependence of the ecosystem on the salmon carcasses has captured the attention of fishery and forest managers, who now recognize the importance of both bears and salmon to the system.
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