Have You Seen This? Massive bear greets visitors at national park

Massive brown bear greets visitors at Alaska's Katmai National Park

Massive brown bear greets visitors at Alaska's Katmai National Park (Evelone via YouTube)



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ALASKA — You've probably heard of Alaska's Katmai National Park and Preserve. It's got one of the world's largest populations of brown bears, and the animals famously gather at Brooks Falls to snatch airborne salmon that are trying to make their way up the river.

You can actually keep an eye on the local bears with the multiple webcams that the National Park Service runs in the area.

But what would you do if one of the Katmai brown bears walked right up to you? That's what the tourists in this video had to figure out.

To their credit, it seemed like none of the people panicked. Instead, they did what modern humans do best … they reached for their smartphones and immediately began filming the action.

For his part, the bear didn't seem interested in confrontation. It almost seems like he just wanted to make sure that his ruggedly handsome portrait was still featured on the sign by the trailhead.

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Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book “Rhino Trouble.”

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