Sharing moments in time…

Brown Bear cub near camp

Its been a few weeks since my last Alaska photo so I thought I’d share another one that I like today.  This is a female brown bear cub that really enjoyed being near our campsite.  This was right after dinner and she and her mom spent some quality time with us.  This cub is about a year and half old so she has about another year or year and a half with mom before she strikes out on her own.  Mom was already giving her a lot of space and didn’t seem nervous about her being close to us.

cub scout

I’ve since read (in the grizzly bear blog) about places in Alaska where the Moms actually kind of “drop off” their cubs near humans while they go looking for food.  These are in areas where the bears are very used to the human photographers and have learned that is a safe place for their cubs.

5 responses

  1. This young grizzly looks very curious. nice photo. I was recently in Alaska and the Canadian North. Lots of wonderful wildlife to see and photograph.

    October 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    • Thanks Maggie. It is wonderful country. We are already thinking about going back next summer.

      October 9, 2011 at 11:52 am

  2. Wonderful to get such close up pix, but do you carry pepperspray, or some other kind of deterrent just in case they get too close?

    July 27, 2014 at 9:29 am

    • Nature on the edge – We have pepperspray in the camp and when we are away from camp our guide carries a flare – bears don’t like bright lights, loud noises, or smoke. Our guide is always very careful with our behavior and observing the behaviors of the bears. He has never had to use pepperspray in his many, many years of guiding. It obviously helps that we go to areas where there is an abundance of food for the bears.

      July 27, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      • Sensible precautions!! Btw, we experimented using bear-bangers to hold baboons off from the urban edge with great success. Your wildlife pix are inspiring.

        July 30, 2014 at 8:18 am

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