Archive for the Grizzly Bear Social Behavior Category

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.

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