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Dana was scared of grizzlies and voiced her concerns, I quickly allayed her trepidation and she was game to follow.
The Yellowstone Grizzly Bear, once an endangered species, is on the rebound. The once ubiquitous Yellowstone Grizzly was as synonymous with a trip to Yellowstone as the obligatory pilgrimage to Old Faithful. Today it requires more luck to spot a grizzly.
Grand Teton Park’s Grizzly 610 and cubs forage, frolic, and fight to the delight of this photographer. Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park have become a great place for watching grizzly bears.
A year of video and stills compressed into YouTube’s fifteen-minute format. It was a great year of bears, wolves, elk and such. The video starts at the beginning of the year and takes you through to the end. Since it was too long I had to remove all of the Grizzly 399 and 310 footage as well as other wildlife dramas but they can be found elsewhere here on the blog.
The more I watch wildlife the more I don’t know!I have been living in the Yellowstone region for twenty-five years and have spent many hours, days, months and years observing wildlife as I photographed them or watching them while leading wildlife tours. Just when I think I am understanding wildlife they throw me a curve ball.
A photographer that has read about wildlife behavior will have learned the behavioral signs of when an animal is getting irritated. When a bison is mad we will lift his tail, moose and elk will lay their ears back like a horse and start pawing the ground just to name a few. It is important to learn these things before approaching animals.
Wolves are very efficient predators; the grizzly bears are bigger than the wolves. The wolves kill the prey then the grizzlies take the kill away from the wolves. The Yellowstone Grizzly has been one of the benefactors of wolf reintroduction because of the bonanza of protein that had been much harder to get, as grizzlies aren’t as efficient hunters as the wolves.
The sow and four cubs awoke a half hour after my return and they put on a good show for about a half an hour 100 yards from the road then they disappeared into the trees. Our extended wait for the next appearance of the cubs came during a downpour of frozen snowballs that came at us sideways but very few of the dozens of us assembled where about to leave.
The spring of 2010 brought a nice surprise to Yellowstone National Park, A grizzly sow with four new cubs put on quite a show in Yellowstone’s northwest corner. The sow was dubbed Quadra Mom. One of the quadruplets was a runt half the size of the others and was often seen hitchhiking on his [...]
A mother moose nurses a newborn calf she delivered after being attacked by wolves. This was a touching scene as the mother moose was clearly in trauma, yet she was still very consciences about the care of her newborn calf. The care she gave the calf despite injuries all over her body from a wolf [...]