Grizzly Bears Are Not Always Loners

two grizzly bears feeding in AlaskaTwo 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.

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