A group of tourists sits watching grizzlies clamming in Katmai National Park. Hundreds of tourists a day visit the park without any incidents. Grizzly bears are falsely characterized as unpredictable, but if you spend time around them you realize their behavior is quite predictable. In areas like Katmai where hunting is prohibited, tourists are able to watch bears right on the ground. The only fatality in the park was Timothy Treadwell, who of course got lots of media coverage. In reality, untrained tourists walk freely around bears every summer in Katmai. To see more photos of people bear viewing, and to read more about bear viewing in Alaska visit our bear viewing page at grizzlybay.org. We advocate strongly for people to only bear view in areas where hunting is prohibited.
Archive for July, 2010
We named this subadult grizzly bear “Bobby” since he reminded me so much of an adult bear we call Bob. They both had the same funny, round, blond mickey mouse ears on the tops of their heads. Bobby is most likely four years old, and on his own for the first summer. Mother bears will drive away their cubs during their third or fourth year. He was a small little guy who liked to dig for clams along the river.
The grizzly bear cubs we named Denali and Sitka wait patiently near a group of bear viewers. These are the bear cubs whose mother would leave them with groups of human bear viewers while she went fishing for salmon in the river. It is another great example of how stereotypes about grizzly bears are usually not true. Most people would think a mother bear with cubs would be dangerous. However, in Katmai where hunting is prohibited, mothers have learned to trust humans and even to use them as a shield against potentially dangerous male grizzly bears. Read more about this amazing grizzly bear mother on grizzlybay.org.