Archive for the Alaska animals Category

Grizzly Bear and Wolf Tracks

Posted in Alaska animals with tags , , , , , on November 8, 2011 by grizzlybearblog

grizzly bear tracksA healthy Alaskan ecosystem will reveal the tracks of predators.  Here, grizzly tracks are bordered in fresh wolf prints.  The wolf population has been growing on the coast of Katmai National Park.  The wolves use the beach as a highway and they trek the coastline during the few hours of summer darkness.

Bears and wolves compete for food sources.  During this past summer, guides witnessed wolves fishing for salmon alongside the grizzly bears on the Katmai coast.

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Moose Nursing

Posted in Alaska animals with tags , , on September 19, 2011 by grizzlybearblog

moose nursingA very young, baby moose nurses.  I took this photo from my house in Anchor Point, Alaska.  This mother with twins frequented the area around our house, and liked a pond across the street.

Alaska moose photoMoose babies are vulnerable to predation by bears and wolves.  Grizzly bears also prey on adult moose.  The first summer I moved to Homer, Alaska two residents watched a grizzly bear take down and kill an adult moose in their driveway.  The grizzly quickly ate the highly nutritious heart, liver and other vital organs, then fled the scene out of fear of humans.

Watch the video of this grizzly kill:

 

Bald Eagle in Spring

Posted in Alaska animals with tags , , , , on September 19, 2011 by grizzlybearblog

bald eagle photoA Bald Eagle in Homer, Alaska snacks on some scavenged meat.

Grizzly Bear with Red Fox

Posted in Alaska animals, Grizzly bears and people with tags , , , , , on May 24, 2011 by grizzlybearblog

grizzly bear with red foxA grizzly bear digs for clams side by side with a clamming red fox.  Foxes will dig for their own clams, in addition to eating smaller bits of clam meat left behind by the bears.  Foxes may nibble on the meat left stuck to the clam shells by the bears.  Cubs also eat this meat when following their mothers around the mud flats.

You can also just barely make out a group of bear viewers standing behind the grizzly bear.

red foxThe fox’s fur looks really ratty since she is molting her thick winter coat.

Alaskan Red Fox

Posted in Alaska animals on April 20, 2011 by grizzlybearblog

Alaskan Red FoxA red fox tip toes up to me after smelling my afternoon snack.

Alaska Bald Eagle

Posted in Alaska, Alaska animals with tags , , , , , on December 27, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

Alaska Bald EagleA bald eagle soars over Homer, Alaska.  Bald eagles steer in the air by shifting the position of the tips of their wings.  This photo really shows the out stretched wing tips in action.

Bald Eagle in Homer, Alaska

Posted in Alaska animals with tags , , , , , , on December 5, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

bald eagleDespite their imposing size, talons and beak, bald eagles are far more timid and passive than the gulls and ravens who eat the same foods.  You will often spot ravens bullying the shy eagles, and eagles are often chased off a fish carcass by the smaller yet aggressive gulls.  Stereotypes about animals based on their physical appearance are quite often false.  That being said, all animals are individuals.  One afternoon I spotted a bald eagle on a roof munching heartily on a raven.

Bald eagles and grizzly bears live side by side.  Eagles feed off the salmon and meat carcasses that bears leave behind.  The removal of large mammals from the top of the food chain harms smaller animals lower on the food chain.  When grizzly bears are killed by humans, scavengers like eagles, ravens, and foxes are denied vital food sources.  Despite decades of scientific research proving that predator species keep the ecosystem thriving, the Alaska government has been exterminating 80% of the bear and wolf population outside of Anchorage.  This genocide has devastating consequences on the entire Alaskan ecosystem.  The wholesale slaughter of Alaska’s predators was started by Governor Murkowski and then escalated by former Governor Sarah Palin.