Certain areas in Yellowstone National Park are hot spots to see black bears.
Spring (May-June) is an especially great time to find yourself there.
As I spent a few weeks there in June, I got to photograph multiple black bear moms with new cubs of the year.
Climbing trees is one their favorite pastimes, and at the same time, great exercise for when mom sees a threat.
Black bears' number one defense strategy is to climb. That keeps them safe(r) from animals like wolves and coyotes, but not from grizzly bears who are also good climbers.
Here are some of my favorite black bear cubs playing and going up a tree in Yellowstone.
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Those branches seem awfully thin to support a bear cub
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