Summer is also the time when Mama Bear emerges from winter hibernation with her cubs. A Female bear becomes pregnant in the late Fall, and in fact gives birth in her winter shelter while she's hibernating! Who needs Epidural in this case?!? Most typically, she has two cubs. Sometimes she'll have only one, sometimes - three. The cubs are born very small. Relative to human size, it's as if a woman would give birth to a baby the size of her thumb!
She tells them "Now, I'm going to catch a fish for you. You just wait here and watch me. Today, I'll climb the falls and show you how to catch a jumping fish."
Over time, the cubs will gradually start catching fish themselves, initially in shallow water and then in more challenging environments.
Catching Salmon is an important, and crucial, lesson. But the most important one is how to identify clear and present danger, typically in the form of a large, hungry male bear. He could kill the cubs in a heartbeat, usually just to neutralize potential future competition! Watch this short video clip (shot only because I have very good instincts!) to see how alert Mama Bear is when it comes to keeping her babies safe:
Read my post Sumo Wrestling in The Arctic to get another perspective on bears.