AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY
Katmai National Park, Alaska - 3-5 July 2013
1. Medium shot of bear getting a salmon at Brooks Falls
2. Medium of bear that just caught a fish running away from another bear, a dominate male, trying to steal the fish
SOUNDBITE (English) Roy Wood, Chief of Interpretation at Katmai National Park: "The second year for the bear cams is pretty exciting for us. We got a lot of the technical stuff worked out last year, got a good network established. This year is all about trying to bring some more interactivity to the web cams."
3. Still photos of webcams/network connection
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Roy Wood, Chief of Interpretation at Katmai National Park: "This year, we've added a few more cameras, and then a big improvement over last year, is that we'll be operate all of them at once."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Fitz, park ranger at Katmai: "It's kind of an exciting partnership with Explore because we know that Katmai is a cost-prohibitive place to visit so not a lot of people get the opportunity to come here. It's very remote. It takes a lot of time and it takes a lot of money to get here as well. But we still want people to have an understanding of what Katmai is like and enjoy, especially enjoy the brown bears that are here."
6. Medium shot of bear searching for salmon at Brooks Falls
7. Medium shot of people on viewing platform at Brooks Falls
8. Wide shot of bear pouncing in the river
9. Screen grab of live bear cam from explore.org
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Fitz, park ranger at Katmai: "So, on explore.org, you can post your comments, you can also take screen shots of what you're seeing, as well. It's a great opportunity to ask questions about bear behavior, bear biology."
11. Medium shot of bear eating salmon on Brooks River sandbar
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Roy Wood, Chief of Interpretation at Katmai National Park: There's quite a community of people that have sprung up around these bear cams, and they're very dedicated, they're watching it, and they're seeing things that we don't see."
13. Wide shot of people on the observation deck watching the bears
14. Shot of three cubs walking towards sow
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Fitz, park ranger at Katmai: "And many people do follow certain bears. They want to get to get to know their lives on an individual level."
17. Shot of bear climbing over rocks in the river
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Allen Gilbert, visitor from Los Angeles:"I'm a regular, and I refer to the webcams regularly form my office, and it's a way to take me out of the day-to-day activities in the office and be able to divert my attention to areas of the world, animals and scenes that I've so enjoyed."
19. Wide shot of bears fishing in the waterfalls
20. Medium shot of single bear walking along the water's edge
KATMAI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska (AP) _ Stars snarling at each other, mate swapping, dominant males posturing and establishing their territory.
It's not quite "Jersey Shore," but these are among the highlights of the second season of an Internet reality show coming your way this week.
The stars are the brown bears of Katmai National Park and Preserve in remote Alaska. Eight web cams have been set up at various parts of the park and livestream the daily life and drama of the park's famed brown bears to allow access to viewers across the world who can't visit the park.
Among the camera views will be the most popular cam at the park, focused on Brooks Falls, where bears _ as many as four abroad _ stand in the Brooks River and try to catch salmon trying to go upriver to spawn. A second camera, one at eye-level of the bears has been added to the falls this year. Cameras also are situated at the riffles, a few hundred yards downstream from the falls, and at the lower river, where cameras will catch the bears fishing near the pedestrian bridge, sharing the river with anglers.
There also are two cameras placed on top of each other on the bridge. One is underwater, trying to provide images of the salmon or the bears feet as they run by, or possibly a bears heads and it goes into the water trying to catch a salmon. The second camera is positioned a little higher to catch the bear's actions.
Both the positioning of the new cameras and the snapshot ideas came from Charles Annenberg, the creator of explore.org <http://explore.org>, which is underwritten by the Annenberg Foundation.
There has been a dedicated community of faithful viewers at explore.org/bears <http://explore.org/bears>, posting thousands of comments, alerting rangers to bear activity and seeing things very few ever witness.