(NewsNation) — Viewers watching a bear livestream at an Alaskan national park helped rescue a stranded hiker last week.
The site notified Katmai National Park, who they say “sprung into action and mounted a search, saving the man.”
A National Park Service spokesperson told The Washington Post that the hiker was caught in windy and rainy conditions with poor visibility before park rangers found him a few hours later and brought him back to safety.
Katmai National Park is almost exclusively accessed by boat or plane. Established in 1918, the national park and preserve has gained popularity online in recent years for its “Fat Bear Week” voting since some of the largest brown bears on Earth make their home along Brooks River in the park.
Fat Bear Week 2023 is expected to kick off in early October.