Grizzly Bear Mother and Cub

This mother and cub Grizzly Bear were photographed in the high alpine meadows of Yellowstone National Park. I was able to photograph the cub on its own, though, carefully keeping an eye on mother at all times. I spend some time hiking along the meadows with both of them allow the mother to both see me at all times and gain confidence in me that I was no threat to her cub. In the slideshow below you can see the cub digging for food like her mother was doing throwing the black dirt everywhere.

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I never allowed myself to come between the mother and cub and I never make any sudden quick moves. Once they leave the den site, the cubs are seldom more than a few hundred feet from their mother. Even though female bears are very focused mothers, most cubs don’t survive to become adults. A number of factors affect a cubs ability to survive its first few years of life. Other bears, in particular adult males, pose a serious threat to cub survival. Mother grizzly bears will take their cubs to remote areas or places where the habitat is less productive and less likely to attract other bears.

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6 thoughts on “Grizzly Bear Mother and Cub

  1. Some nice stuff here. Wouldn’t mind seeing a bit of a crop on the left side of the main pic, just to bring the bears more to the centre of the picture. Boy, I’m annoyingly picky, eh? 🙂

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