Fishing Grizzly Bear

January 13, 2023  •  2 Comments

Young grizzlies who were just "kicked out" by mom sometimes like to test their boundaries.

This was the case with this grizzly bear. 

Most of the time he focused all his energy and attention on catching spawning salmon in a creek in Hyder, Alaska.

Hours on end he was running up and down the creek, catching fish after fish.

But sometimes, he decided to leave the creek and explore the human surroundings.


Peek-A-Boo!

 

On this occasion, after having been in the creek for a few hours, he walked up the bank and decided to take an up-close look at the photographers.

He was a mere 20 feet away (6 meters) and stared at 'the humans' over a guard rail.

As I got my bear pepper spray ready, he jumped the guard rail, walked on the road a few seconds ... and promptly (luckily) returned to the creek to eat some more salmon.

 

Then, a good scratch ...

... and a shake!

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Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven Wildlife and Nature Photography
Thanks Carol!
The rich salmon diet from July through when they enter hibernation definitely helps in making these bears grow substantially bigger than in Yellowstone and the Tetons.
Carol(non-registered)
I would love to go see the bears. But I must be happy living through your wonderful photos.
The bears at Brooks Fallls and Hyderabad are so beautiful, seems like the size of their head(skull) is so much bigger than the Grizzly of YNP/GTNP
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