Mating Grizzlies – Size doesn’t matter

Brown Bear mating behavior observed in Katmai National Park AlaskaDuring mating season we watched this beautiful female grizzly being followed by a huge male grizzly for hours.  When he fell asleep, she slipped away.  When we headed back to camp for the night we witnessed a small male bear approach this female, and immediately mount her.  Neither size nor persistence led to the mating, although this young male grizzly bear was so short he kept slipping off the female bear’s back.  Read more about the details of this fascinating grizzly bear mating scene by clicking here.  It is commonly assumed that the largest male bears mate more often, however we witnessed small, young males mating just as much if not more than the huge male bears.

brown bears mating in Alaska's Katmai National Park


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