Grizzly Bear Cub

brown bear cubThe first year of life is tough on grizzly bear cubs.  Half of all cubs die in their first year of life.  The summer of 2008 we witnessed a huge boom in cub births.  We spotted over 24 first year cubs in one bay in Katmai National Park.  Sadly, we spotted no second year cubs in the same bay the following summer.  Mother bears may have relocated to other areas with their cubs, but we assumed many of the cubs must have died.

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