A grizzly bear female decides to walk right past my husband John. We knew this grizzly bear quite well, and were comfortable with her close approach. She was curious, and decided to walk near my husband after she took a dip in the stream.
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.
There was some disturbing news this week about Shell Oil being granted permission for drilling in the Arctic ocean by the Obama administration. The BP spill proved the oil industry does not know how to respond to a spill – and that was in a warm climate close to civilization. A quote in the article says it best.
““Hard questions need to be asked about any oil company’s ability to mount a response to a major oil spill in hurricane-force winds, high seas, broken and shifting sea ice, subzero temperatures, and months of fog and darkness,”
The article also discusses how there is zero difference between the Bush administration and the Obama administration in terms of drilling policy. A spill in the Arctic would be devastating to the only intact ecosystem left in the United States.
Read the NY Times article on drilling here.
Clams are an important part of the grizzly bear diet on the coast of Alaska. Bears use their amazing sense of smell to locate clams under the sand. The extreme tidal variations in Alaska allow miles of the ocean floor to be uncovered at low tide – an excellent opportunity for clamming.