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.
Archive for June, 2010
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.
This 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.
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.
I like this photo since you can see the soles of his large feet.