Watch these grizzly bear cubs grab a ride across the water on the Agulowak River in southwest Alaska.
Video by Dave Roseman
It's a fact in Alaska that a salmon fishing trip might also include a bear sighting, especially this time of year, when bears are emerging from hibernation.
But a Father's Day sighting of a mother bear and her two cubs on the Agulowak River in southwest Alaska near Bristol Bay was simply amazing.
During a fishing trip for king salmon that included Outdoors Sportsman Group's Steve Smith, the bears — with the cubs clinging to the back of the mother — were spotted by lodge General Manager Dave Roseman swimming toward shore in front of the GCI Agulowak Retreat lodge located near Dillingham, AK.
Roseman quickly pulled out a camera to capture the video above and then shared it with us. (Thanks Dave!)
Smith was representing OSG, the parent company of Game & Fish, on the trip that included sponsors of General Communications, Inc.'s GCI Academic Decathlon, an effort to provide native Alaskans scholarships to colleges. GCI hosts a group of sponsors at the lodge every year.
According to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, the state is home to around 32,000 brown bears (or grizzlies), and human sightings are very common.
Hunters in Alaska harvest around 1,500 grizzlies per year, the agency said.