Curious Grizzly Cubs

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
Bob Sihler
on May 21, 2008 10:44 am
Image Type(s): Wildlife
Image ID: 405454

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klwagar

klwagar - May 21, 2008 11:12 am - Voted 10/10

yikes

but must have been a pretty exciting encounter!

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - May 21, 2008 12:39 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: yikes

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.

klwagar

klwagar - May 21, 2008 10:41 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: yikes

well, if you are ever up in the northern BC area, I can photoguide you.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - May 22, 2008 10:15 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: yikes

You're on!

MoapaPk

MoapaPk - Jun 15, 2008 10:13 pm - Voted 10/10

So cute!

Of course, I was taught that when a bear stands (outside the circus), he/she means business.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Jun 16, 2008 3:33 am - Hasn't voted

Re: So cute!

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).

Mountain_girl

Mountain_girl - Jun 16, 2008 8:11 pm - Voted 10/10

wow

looks magical with the deep turquoise forest in the back and the curios bears in front

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Jun 17, 2008 10:08 am - Hasn't voted

Re: wow

Thank you for your kind words! It was a magical moment itself.

Wisemtn - Nov 6, 2010 7:26 pm - Voted 10/10

Glacier

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

You have some amazing pics - keep em coming!

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Nov 7, 2010 12:05 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Glacier

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!

Tomek Lodowy

Tomek Lodowy - Dec 17, 2010 1:19 pm - Voted 10/10

Ha !

what a great view it is, lucky you !

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Dec 17, 2010 2:26 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Ha !

This might have been my favorite wildlife moment so far.

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