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Grizzlies playing

Posted in Grizzly Bear Social Behavior with tags , , , , , on April 14, 2011 by grizzlybearblog

Katmai Brown BearsTwo adult male grizzly bears wrestling and playing for fun.

grizzlies playing Katmai National Park, Alaska

Grizzly Bear Social Behavior

Posted in Grizzly Bear Social Behavior with tags , , , , , on April 6, 2011 by grizzlybearblog

brown bear social behaviorTwo adult grizzly bears grazing together on sedge grass.  Suddenly, they decide its time to play!

wrestling grizzly bears in Katmai National Park, AK

Adult grizzly bears play quite frequently, wrestling and tumbling just for the fun of it.

grizzlies playing in Katmai National Park Alaska

Mating Grizzly Bears Cuddling

Posted in Grizzly Bear Social Behavior, Grizzly Bears Mating with tags , , , , , on January 5, 2011 by grizzlybearblog

grizzly bear mating behaviorA male and female grizzly bear cuddle during mating season.  These bears were paling around together for the afternoon, cuddling, grazing and walking together.

Grizzly Bears Playing

Posted in Grizzly Bear Social Behavior with tags , , , , on December 22, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

grizzly bear fightTwo adult grizzly bears playing for the fun of it.  Leisure activities are common on the coast of Alaska where food sources are abundant.

grizzlies in Alaska playing

Grizzly Bear Trails

Posted in Alaska, Grizzly Bear Social Behavior with tags , , , on October 21, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

grizzly bear trails

A grizzly bear trail cutting through sedge grass meadows.  Notice how the trail is carved with actual footprints because the bears step in each others footprints.  Scent glands in their feet leave messages for the next bear to pass by.

Grizzly Bears Fighting Video

Posted in Alaska, Grizzly Bear Social Behavior, Grizzly Bears Fishing with tags , , , , , on October 8, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

Katmai National Park bear viewing guide and naturalist Brad Josephs compiled this great footage of grizzly bears fighting.  There are few things as thrilling as hearing in person the roaring vocalizations of two grizzlies in a fight!  Often grizzly bears will fight over salmon, and some grizzlies steal other bears hard caught fish as their own “fishing” strategy.

Note that in most commercial videos/films of grizzly bears their aggression is overblown.  Notice in this video how most grizzly bear fights end before serious injuries occur.  More often than not, bears posture and vocalize instead of coming to serious blows.  Also notice the clicking of cameras going off during the video – groups of tourists led by Josephs are safely watching the grizzly bear fights on the ground.  The grizzlies are clearly ignoring the group of humans sitting nearby.

Mating Grizzly Bears

Posted in Alaska, Grizzly Bear Social Behavior, Male grizzlies with tags , , , , , on August 28, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

mating grizzly bear in Katmai National Park Alaska

The grizzly bear we named Rosie mated one morning with a large male bear.  We often marvel at how a much smaller female grizzly bear manages to support the weight of a huge male bear on her back during mating.

mating grizzly bears in Alaska

After mating the two bears went right back to grazing on high protein sedge grass.

Grizzly Bears Playing in Katmai N. Park

Posted in Grizzly Bear Social Behavior, Male grizzlies with tags , , , , , on August 10, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

brown bears playing in Katmai National Park AlaskaWe bumped into the grizzly bears named “The Georges” during one of their infamous rounds of play.  They began with a thorough sniffing of one another.

grizzly bears play fighting in Katmai Park

Brown bears of Katmai wrestling in the National park in Alaska's coast

Mother Grizzly Bear and Cubs

Posted in Grizzly Bear Social Behavior, Grizzly bears and people with tags , , , , , , on August 4, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

Real mama grizzly instead of Sarah Palin's crazy mama grizzly idea

This mother grizzly bear approached us, sat down, dug a small day bed in the rocks, and started nursing.  Since she lives in Katmai National Park, where hunting is prohibited, she has learned to trust humans.  Mother bears will defend their cubs aggressively if needed but, like most bear conflicts, she will avoid physical contact if possible.  Most bears growl and posture at one another, but actual physical violence is rare.  Standing on their hind legs is also rare as a defensive posture in grizzly bears.  Mother bears are much more likely to stand on all fours between their cubs and a potential threat.  They may also bluff charge a potentially threatening bear, once again being on all fours.   Bears usually stand on hind legs to see over tall grass, or to get a better sniff of a scent that blew in.  They also stand on hind legs to look for salmon in the water.  Standing on their hind legs as an aggressive action is mostly seen in the movies, where grizzlies are made to look much more imposing and aggressive than they actually are in real life.  My husband wrote a great article on this topic called Are Grizzlies Dangerous? 

More playing grizzly bears

Posted in Alaska, Grizzly Bear Social Behavior with tags , , , , , on July 28, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

Brown bear playing in Alaska's Katmai National Park

We named these two adult, male bears “The Georges” because they looked identical to one another.  I wondered if they were brothers, due to such similar body sizes and facial features.  They were never apart, and seemed to be wrestling and playing all day long, every day.  They were truly the most playful bears I’ve met, and often raced around the meadows playing tag, and tumbling in the grass.

Coastal Alaskan brown bears playing in Katmai National Park

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