Saturday, July 28, 2018

GRIZZLY BEARS AT DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE

A few more photos my nephew took when we were in Denali last month.  

This was our bicycle chaser.  If you missed it you can read that story by scrolling down at this link. And over the hill he went.  

The following photos are of a mother and cub digging at the side of the road, either for roots or grubs?  I forgot to ask as there were lots of excited people on that bus.  They hadn't long awakened from their winter hibernation - the bears too - and must have been very hungry. Sorry, I could not resist that little joke.  
I could not believe that the bears were only a hop, skip and a jump away from us.  No one asked to get off the bus!  I doubt the driver would have allowed us anyhow, or at any time for that matter, this having taken place after the bicyclist incident.
The smaller bear didn't seem that much smaller than his mother and I wondered how old he was.  I read that cubs stay with their mothers for two to three years.  You can read more information here.












These videos are not that great, especially in the third one as I took a very good minute or two with the bar on the window but I wanted to show the cub making its way down the hill as he sank into the snow.   These videos were all taken with my cell phone.






26 comments:

  1. Lucky, lucky you to see this awesome family. And to do so safely.

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    1. I felt very lucky to see all the bears that day, especially this sweet pair. It was all a bit surreal, almost like I had to pinch myself.

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  2. Thanks for sharing the grizzly bears.

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    1. You are very welcome Christine, love sharing these beauties.

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  3. What a story about the grizzly bear! I am so glad you posted the link, because that was when I was not blogging due to my surgery. If not for the bus, the man would have likely been killed. I guess I did not know what grizzlys look like...they are so pale!

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    1. Yes, it was absolutely amazing to witness this firsthand. Glad I posted it again for you. I hope you are continuing to recover from your surgery/have recovered :)

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  4. Lovely creatures. Thanks for sharing, Denise.

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    1. They certainly are and you are very welcome Valerie.

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  5. they are beautiful.. your videos are great to me. I have never seen a bear in the wild. color me jealous

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    1. Aren't they? This was a first for me, they have always been in zoos or sanctuaries. I was ecstatic to see them in the wild.

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  6. Hello,

    Awesome grizzly photos and videos. Denali is one my bucket list. I love the wildlife.
    Great post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead.

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    1. Hi Eileen, glad you enjoyed them. I look forward to the photos you'll take when you get out there. You have a happy Sunday too, as well as a great week.

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  7. I would love to see bears in the wild. Sadly our WiFi is not fast enough to watch videos!! Take care and enjoy the new week Diane

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    1. Hi Diane, I sometimes take it for granted that we have such an excellent wifi but it wasn't always the way when traveling, so I got a little dose of what you have regarding bandwidth and so on.

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  8. Hi Denise,
    Super set of images of the Grizzly bears, the cyclist was so lucky your bus was available for cover.
    All the best, John

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    1. Hello John, thank you and he was indeed very lucky. All the best to you.

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  9. They are such magnificent animals!

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  10. Aren't they wonderful animals.
    Great pictures.

    All the best Jan

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    1. They truly are Jan. All the best to you too.

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  11. You were so lucky to see them in their habitat! And they look awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I felt absolutely blessed to be able to do so. Glad you enjoyed the post, always happy to share these beautiful animals.

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  12. wow denise, he took excellent images...i have never seen bears this light in color!!!!

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    1. Yes I agree. The ones we saw on a hill appeared much darker.

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