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A brown bear catches a salmon at Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park in Alaska on July 17, 2012. A new video initiative by explore.org, will bring the famed brown bears of the park directly to your computer or smartphone. / Tahitia Hicks, AP

Welcome to USA TODAY Network's Bear Week!

This week, we're bringing you all things bear as black bear sightings across the nation increase and as the peak season for brown bear sightings at Alaska's Katmai National Park continues.

USA TODAY Network has partnered with Explore.org to bring you a live video stream of bears in action. Explore.org set up cameras in four locations in Katmai National Park to capture bears in their natural habitat.

Explore.org hopes to bring people "up close and personal" with parts of nature they don't always get to enjoy, according to Charles Annenberg Weingarten, Explore.org founder. The website offers live streams and other educational features, including blogs and live chats.

Brown bears are coming into plain view at Brooks River in Alaska to feed, leaving winter hibernation at the same time that salmon are running upstream to lay eggs. As the number of salmon declines, there is more competition and brown bear sightings increase.

"You have a convergence of elements, and you have 24 hours of light," said Annenberg. "It really captures the best of nature."

In addition to a live stream, USA TODAY Network will also bring you graphics, videos and stories on bears, ranging from prevailing myths to bears that have taken on starring roles in pop culture.

And make sure to take our bear quiz to find out what kind of bear you would be.



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