Archive for the Grizzly Bear Cubs Category
A grizzly bear viewer in Katmai N. Park watches a cub who is waiting for his mother. The mother dropped off her two cubs to sit with the small group of photographers while she fished the river for salmon. Grizzly bear mothers in certain areas of Katmai N. Park, who are habituated to bear viewers, have learned that humans are safe. They also have learned that being near bear viewers is a safe place for their cubs to rest.
This second year grizzly bear cub is taking a salmon out of the river below Brooks Falls. Her mother had caught the fish, but she let her two cubs figure out how to walk out of the river carrying large pieces of salmon. Mother bears coach their cubs in various ways to prepare them for fishing on their own.
I watched an interesting scene with grizzly bear cubs unfolding at the lower falls at Brooks Falls in Katmai. This little grizzly cub ran up a tree in fright when he saw a grizzly mom with two other cubs approach. This cub was with his two much larger siblings, and he was clearly the runt of the litter. Although grizzlies are not known for climbing trees, cubs are small enough to clamber up trees for safety. He was so scared, he pooped all over himself!
I was impressed with how his larger siblings stood at the base of the tree snarling and growling to defend the little runt. Their mother, who was out fishing in the river, seemed unconcerned with the approaching grizzly mom and left the cubs to defend themselves. Eventually, the second mom went in the river to fish, leaving the yearling cubs to work it all out on their own. Both sets of cubs growled at each other for a while, but eventually just settled down to wait for a fish from their mom.