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Grizzlies Fishing

Posted in Grizzly bear diet with tags , , , , , on July 8, 2011 by grizzlybearblog

grizzly bear salmon fishingA young grizzly bear runs after salmon in Hallo Bay, Katmai National Park.

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Grizzly Bear with Salmon

Posted in Grizzly bear diet, Grizzly Bears Fishing with tags , , , , , on July 5, 2011 by grizzlybearblog

grizzly bearA female grizzly bear pins a salmon to the ground under her paw.

Mother and Cub Eat Salmon

Posted in Grizzly Bear Cubs, Grizzly bear diet with tags , , , , , on June 21, 2011 by grizzlybearblog

mama grizzly eats salmonA mother grizzly bear shares half of the salmon she just caught with her third year cub who is learning to fish.  After every catch, the mother grizzly bear would tear the fish in half and share with her youngster.  Read more about this grizzly bear mother by clicking here.

Grizzly Bear with Salmon

Posted in Grizzly bear diet with tags , , , , , on June 12, 2011 by grizzlybearblog

Brooks Falls Alaska Grizzly Bear

A large male grizzly bear walks off of Brooks Falls after catching a salmon in mid-air.  Often, grizzly bears will leave the falls once they catch a fish, opening up a spot for the next bear “in line”.  Eating the salmon in private on the shore helps keep the catch safe from grizzly bears who steal fish from other bears as their hunting strategy.

Grizzly Bear Diet – Salmon

Posted in Grizzly bear diet with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2011 by grizzlybearblog

grizzly bearA grizzly bear chomps on fresh sockeye salmon at the base of Brooks Falls in Katmai N. Park.  Grizzly bears employ a variety of techniques around the falls to catch salmon.  This grizzly was hanging out at the bottom of the falls in what we call the “jacuzzi” – a swirling tub of water where the waterfall pounds downstream.  Some bears sit there hoping a salmon will get trapped in the bubbles.  The grizzly bears wait in the jacuzzi with their arms under the water hoping that a disoriented salmon bumps into their front paws.  Then its time to eat.

When salmon is very abundant the skilled grizzly bears who catch lots of salmon will start only eating the fattiest parts of the fish – the brains, eyes, and skin.  They then drop the discarded salmon into the water where it is swept downstream to be eaten by smaller or less experienced bears, gulls, foxes, eagles and other scavenging animals.  When the salmon run is strong in July the air above the falls is filled with packs of screaming gulls and the more shy bald eagles wait patiently in the trees.

Grizzly Bear Diet

Posted in Grizzly bear diet on March 7, 2011 by grizzlybearblog

grizzly bear dietHere we are sitting in the grass with a female grizzly who is grazing on high protein sedge grass in June.  The tall stalks between her and the camera are another variety of inedible grass that grows thick near the beach and in patches in the sedge meadows.

Grizzly Bear Nursing Close-Up

Posted in Grizzly Bear Cubs, Grizzly bear diet with tags , , , on November 9, 2010 by grizzlybearblog

brown bear cubsA pair of grizzly bear cubs nursing.  Click here to view more photos of nursing grizzly bears.