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Young brown bears prepare for hibernation in Japan

A young brown bear hunt salmon running on a river in Shiretoko on Japan's northeastern island of Hokkaido, October 2, 2013 in preparation for it's winter in hibernation. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Young brown bears prepare for hibernation in Japan

October 9, 2013

Young brown bears on a hunt for salmon on a river in Shiretoko on

Japan's northeastern island of Hokkaido, October 2, 2013, in preparation

for their long winter in hibernation.

Shiretoko, located on

Shiretoko Peninsula, is known as the last of the rarely-visited regions. Most

of

the land on peninsula is taken by the Shiretoko National Park, which

is the home of Japan's brown bear. The park was named a World Natural

Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005.

 Shiretoko means end of the

Earth in Ainu language. Ainu are the indigenous people on the Japanese northern

island of Hokkaido and they worship the brown bear as "kimunkamuy", god in

mountains in Ainu.
( EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA)