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Curious Grizzly Cubs
These two cubs were very interested in me and kept standing up and craning their necks to check me out. Fortunately, their mother, who was about four body lengths ahead of them, was not. Finally, she gave a huff that must have said to them to quit looking at me and catch up, which is what they did.

The perspective here is close to real-life since this shot was with a focal length of 105 mm; my telephoto lens stayed in my backpack, which I wanted to keep on in case the mother charged. This encounter occurred on the Highline Trail as I was hiking from Granite Park Chalet back to Logan Pass. The bears were near enough to be quite close but far enough that no one felt threatened (though I did unsheath the pepper spray).

Glacier National Park, MT-- August 2003

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klwagaryikes

klwagar

Voted 10/10

but must have been a pretty exciting encounter!
Posted May 21, 2008 11:12 am

Bob SihlerRe: yikes

Bob Sihler

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It was awesome, though probably not as much as that scene you have in your pictures. It's one of my "wildlife dreams" to go to one of those places where you can "safely" view the grizzlies feeding on the salmon.
Posted May 21, 2008 12:39 pm

klwagarRe: yikes

klwagar

Voted 10/10

well, if you are ever up in the northern BC area, I can photoguide you.
Posted May 21, 2008 10:41 pm

Bob SihlerRe: yikes

Bob Sihler

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You're on!
Posted May 22, 2008 10:15 pm

MoapaPkSo cute!

MoapaPk

Voted 10/10

Of course, I was taught that when a bear stands (outside the circus), he/she means business.
Posted Jun 15, 2008 10:13 pm

Bob SihlerRe: So cute!

Bob Sihler

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Fortunately, the mother wasn't standing. She rudely disregarded me in just seconds (thank you, thank you). But those cubs were like little puppies (not that I'm saying one ought to try scratching behind their ears).
Posted Jun 16, 2008 3:33 am

Mountain_girlwow

Mountain_girl

Voted 10/10

looks magical with the deep turquoise forest in the back and the curios bears in front
Posted Jun 16, 2008 8:11 pm

Bob SihlerRe: wow

Bob Sihler

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Thank you for your kind words! It was a magical moment itself.
Posted Jun 17, 2008 10:08 am

WisemtnGlacier

Wisemtn

Voted 10/10

Made my first trip up to Glacier 8/10. Amazing! Didn't see any bears though...

You have some amazing pics - keep em coming!
Posted Nov 6, 2010 7:26 pm

Bob SihlerRe: Glacier

Bob Sihler

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I hope you get back there; it gets better each time. And sooner or later, you'll see a bear out there. Thanks for looking!
Posted Nov 7, 2010 12:05 pm

Tomek LodowyHa !

Tomek Lodowy

Voted 10/10

what a great view it is, lucky you !
Posted Dec 17, 2010 1:19 pm

Bob SihlerRe: Ha !

Bob Sihler

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This might have been my favorite wildlife moment so far.
Posted Dec 17, 2010 2:26 pm

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Bob SihlerSubmitted by Bob Sihler
on May 21, 2008 10:44 am

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