Grizzly Bears have very dexterous lips that they use for all sorts of tasks like picking berries or scooping out caviar from a salmon belly. Read more about grizzly bear lips and anatomy by clicking here.
Archive for September, 2010
Two adult grizzly bears choose to clam right next to each other. Coastal grizzlies in Alaska are much more social than inland grizzly bears. Often adult bears choose to spend time near one another. These bears, for example, could be clamming just as successfully far apart from one another. There are miles of empty mud flats in this bay where the clamming is great. Why did they choose however to clam side by side? I believe grizzlies are far more social than they are given credit for in scientific literature. On the Alaska coast I’ve witnessed countless adult bears enjoying each others company and playing for fun.
Wolf tracks are much larger than dog prints. Wolf prints can be seen up and down the beaches on the coastline of South Central Alaska. When a wild wolf approached me one evening I was stunned at how huge she was! She looked more like a small horse than a dog, and her feet looked like dinner plates. Click here to read more about my late night encounter with a wild wolf.
A medium sized grizzly bear track compared to the size of my muddy boots. The mud gives you an idea of what it is like wandering around the Katmai Coast – a swampy world where land meets sea. Alaska has some of the world’s highest tidal variations. The Katmai coastal meadows flood for miles with every high tide. The bears traverse through the mud and streams with much more grace than us humans. I’ve sunk up to my knees in mud more than once falling on my face like some quick-sand cartoon.
“Arctic Mangrove” might be a better way to describe the flooded, salty Katmai National Park coastline. Here’s an aerial view of the swamp like coast line:
A red fox and her friend approached us one afternoon while we rested in a tangle of driftwood logs. The foxes in Katmai National Park are quite friendly and curious. Many mornings we found them bounding around our campsite hunting for small rodents in the tall grass. They also feast on salmon scraps left behind by the grizzly bears.
At one point she walked right up to my camera lens, although at the slightest movement or sound she would startle and jump backwards.