A coastal brown bear tries to catch a coho salmon at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park. On this day in mid-August, very few salmon were trying to jump the falls, and the bears were having to try a little bit harder than usual to get their meals. This bear sidled as close to the edge of the falls as it dared, trying to close the gap between its mouth and where the fish were. The salmon that these bears rely upon to prepare for the long Alaska winters are facing an unprecedented threat—construction of the Pebble Mine, a huge open pit mine generating 10 billion tons of waste. This waste is proposed to be stored behind two dams, which must be maintained forever. If the dams fail, due to neglect or earthquakes (in the most seismically-active area in North America), the waste will destroy the Bristol Bay salmon run—the largest in the world, and the underpinnings of both the economy and the ecology of the Kenai Peninsula. Wikipedia has a relatively unbiased account of the Pebble Mine. http://www.savebristolbay.org has further info about how you can take action. #NoPebbleMine Photo by @johndykstraphoto.