Alaska's Bearcam is back for season four

Hang out with brown bears in Katmai National Park
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  • Katmai National Park is known internationally for its salmon runs and thriving bear populations
  • See the biggest, most dominant bears at Brooks Falls

(CNN)Summer has officially arrived, and for those who would like to marvel at the great outdoors from the comfort of their own couch, explore.org is broadcasting the fourth season of its highly anticipated reality show: Bearcam.

With HD cameras set up around Alaska's Katmai National Park, you can now watch hundreds of bears in action, catching salmon upstream and raising their young.
    "We hope people turn to this for inspiration and when they do, they will see lessons these creatures have for us -- about cohabitation, instinct and beauty," said explore.org founder Charles Annenberg Weingarten in a news release.
    One camera is at Brooks Falls, where the National Park Service says you can "see the biggest, most dominant bears jockey for position" and "watch mother bears teach their cubs lessons in survival."
    A mother bear takes a dip with her three youngsters.
    As most reality shows promise, you can expect lots of drama.
    Previous Bearcams have shown grizzlies slain and eaten, cubs rescued and cast away and riveting battles over fishing territories.
    What's new this season? Explore.org is introducing a feature that allows viewers to take a snapshot of the live feed and share it, with daily contests to display the best screen captures.
    Viewers can also ask questions about the bears through blog posts, tweets and live chats with park rangers.
    Celebrating its 100-year anniversary, the National Park Service has partnered with explore.org, the philanthropic media organization, to bring the bears back to our screens this summer.