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Fisherman holds his nerve as bear snatches a salmon off his line in Alaska 

A fisherman in Alaska was robbed of his dinner when a bear came and snatched it right off his hook.

The man was standing on the shore of a river, fishing for salmon, in a remote part of Alaska when the terrifying encounter with nature happened.  

A video shows the bear approaching the fisherman in the shallow water, coming face to face with him from the river.  








The video shows the bear approaching the man in the shallow water, who has a salmon caught on the end of his fishing line

The video shows the bear approaching the man in the shallow water, who has a salmon caught on the end of his fishing line

The fisherman, who has his line cast out with a salmon hooked on the end, remains frozen still as the bear comes closer. 

It then appears to change its mind, and the bear runs back towards the woods, before suddenly turning around again.  

The bear approaches the man once more, stalking on all fours, aiming for the salmon which is floundering in the shallows.

The man crouches down as the hungry bear pounces on the salmon and pulls it off the fisherman's line

The man crouches down as the hungry bear pounces on the salmon and pulls it off the fisherman’s line 

With the stolen fish firmly in his mouth, the bear makes a break for the woods to eat its dinner

With the stolen fish firmly in his mouth, the bear makes a break for the woods to eat its dinner

The woman who is videoing the footage breathes a nervous sigh and says: ‘Oh my god, it stresses me out.’   

The hungry bear pounces, grabbing the salmon with both front paws, before snatching it in its mouth and pulling it off the fisherman’s line. 

It runs off into the woods to eat its catch of the day – albeit a stolen one.

The fisherman, now empty handed, runs back towards the onlookers as they laugh with relief.

The man and his companions, who captured the encounter on video, laugh with relief following the hairy exchange

The man and his companions, who captured the encounter on video, laugh with relief following the hairy exchange

The video was captured on July 26 and was published online recently with the words: ‘While fishing for sockeye salmon in remote Alaska. A brown bear took my catch. 

‘The end result, everyone was safe.’  

In Alaska, most sockeye salmon, also called red salmon, return to spawn in June and July.

Peak season for salmon fishing in Alaska is from May until September.

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