"A Sand County Almanac"

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"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Monday, May 16, 2016

Grand Teton National Park, May 13

On Thursday, May 13, as we headed for the park entrance we saw our first bison calf in 2016…


Young bison are cute and playful.  It is a shame they not only have to survive their natural predators but stupid humans as well: http://www.9news.com/news/weird/baby-bison-that-was-put-in-car-euthanized/197039295

A friend told us that grizzly bear 610 and her cubs were visible from Pilgrim Creek Road.  Just as we arrived a large male grizzly unexpectedly showed up.  From his determined walk and posture it was clear that he was on the trail of something...



 Most observers thought he was likely trailing the female grizzly called Blondie, who had gone into hibernation with two cubs but emerged alone this spring.  A situation that caused her to be in estrus…

When his path took him near a telephone pole he did what bears often do, he stood up and left his scent on the pole as a signpost for other grizzlies…






Luckily, the boar moved on continuing his search before 610 and cubs arrived in the vicinity.  Male bears have been known to kill cubs, even their own, to cause the mother bear to go into heat and offer a mating opportunity for the male.

610 took note of the trail left by the boar and followed it straight to the telephone pole...


She stood up to determine the size of the boar...



  The cubs also investigated the telephone pole but it appeared they were not certain what the smell of the strange bear meant...





Fortunately, the boar was more interested in finding Blondie than causing trouble for 610 and her cubs, Allowing them to forage in peace...




  Later, we were looking for wolves on Uhl Road when we saw this dark morphed swainson’s hawk watching for a meal...


Every day is a new adventure with one never knowing what will be seen.  Thanks for visiting and sharing the adventure with us.  Be well and come back soon.

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