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Yellowstone’s Spring Grizzlies

Grizzly #399 and cubs, Grand Teton National Park

Grizzly #399 and cubs, Grand Teton National Park

Spring in Yellowstone it the best time to see Grizzly Bears. The peaks are full of snow and all the food is in the valley bottoms where the rivers and creeks flow. Most of Yellowstone’s roads are built along the creeks and rivers in the valley bottoms where the bears forage for food in the spring.

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.

I spend as much time as possible in Yellowstone between Yellowstone’s opening in April and the first of July at which time the grizzlies move out of the valley bottoms and disperse to every corner and mountain top in Yellowstone.

In May all the new mama grizzlies show up with the new crop of cubs. Little and cute in may they grow rapidly and without a doubt the little ones make better photo fodder in June than in August.

Finding and photographing grizzly bears and wolves around Yellowstone is one of my biggest thrills, and I spend a disproportionate amount of time doing so much the detriment of many of my other projects. Sharing my knowledge with Yellowstone visitors not only enables me to spend more time photographing in the field, sharing this resource with the public helps the grizzlies in the political arena as most who encounter them become an advocate for them.



One thought on “Yellowstone’s Spring Grizzlies

  1. Very nice selection of video’s you got here Daryl! I am a bit jealous of the bears. They do still live in the wild here in the Alps, but they are very rare!

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