Archive for June, 2010

Grizzly Bear Nursing

Posted in Alaska with tags , , , , , on June 30, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

grizzly bear nursing Katmai National Park

One afternoon a grizzly mother sat down with us and nursed right near by.  I got lots of great close-ups of the nursing bear cubs.  Click here for more photos and info on this nursing grizzly bear cub.

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Grizzlies Fishing

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 30, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

bear fishing in Alaska for salmonWhen fishing for salmon in rivers, grizzly bears will stand on their hind legs looking for fins.  They use sight, smell, and sound to locate the salmon in the water.

Glacier and bears in Katmai National Park

Posted in Alaska, Grizzly Bear Cubs with tags , , , , on June 22, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

Glacier in Katmai National Park, AlaskaA glacier provides an impressive backdrop for three first year grizzly cubs grazing on sedge grass in Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Grizzly Cubs Snuggling

Posted in Alaska, Grizzly Bear Cubs with tags , , , , on June 20, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

Brown bear cubs in Katmai National Park

Sitka liked to sleep snuggled on top of her brother.  Their mother would often leave the cubs near us when she waded out into the river to fish.  One day she sat and nursed her cubs next to us.  Many grizzly bears in Katmai National Park, where hunting is prohibited, have learned to trust humans.  Click here to read more about these grizzly bear cubs.

Grizzly Bear Cub

Posted in Alaska, Grizzly Bear Cubs with tags , , , , , on June 18, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

grizzly bear cub in Alaska

Here a first year grizzly cub sniffs the shoreline by the river where her mother is fishing for salmon.  From the very beginning, bears navigate their world with their noses.

Grizzly Bear Tracks

Posted in Alaska, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 18, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

Brown bear tracksThis photo shows a trail carved by bears.  Bears often step on top of one another’s footprints, carving trails through the meadows and forests where they live.  Scent glands in their paws leave information for other bears to smell and evaluate.  By sniffing a trail like this, a bear could tell for example when another bear walked there, and if that bear was male or female.

Grizzly Bear Napping

Posted in Uncategorized on June 16, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

Brown bear napping in Alaska

We spent quite a lot of time around a male bear we named “Charlie”.  Like many of the large males, he was very calm and relaxed and always a joy to be around.  I often feel most comfortable around the really big males, since they are so secure with their position at the top of the food chain, that they can’t be bothered to even look at a human – we are so small and insignificant.  We caught him taking an afternoon nap sprawled out in the meadows surrounded by grazing females.

Alaska brown bear

I like this photo since you can see the soles of his large feet.