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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Grand Teton N.P. - Grizzly # 399

The move to Colter Bay has put us much closer to the wildlife activity but has also created a new dilemma, which critters to seek?
On Saturday, May 18, Cheryl and I tried to find wolves on Pacific Creek Road while our daughter, Sarah, went in pursuit of Grizzly 399 and her cub...






399 is a legend in Grand Teton National Park.  She is 20 years old and has produced 16 descendants in her lifetime. She is followed by fans from around the world.  To see the fine condition that she is in makes her age even more remarkable...



  On Sunday morning she was feeding on Pilgrim Creek once more so Cheryl and I had an opportunity to see her interact with "Snowy" her current cub...


She is a very attentive and affectionate mother...








Because Snowy has no siblings 399 has to be both mother and playmate...





An energetic 3 month old cub can be a lot for a 20 year old mother to keep up with...



399 and her many offspring are so well known  because of their tendency to feed near roads.  She has developed a tolerance for her human admirers that could make her more vulnerable to hunters when Wyoming delists grizzly bears from the states protected species list, an action that is expected to take place this year...


For the thousands who come to see 399, and others like her, a living bear will always have more value than a trophy on some hunters wall, killed only to satisfy the ego of the individual human.

Thanks for visiting, be well, and stop back soon.




3 comments:

  1. All lovely. Thankyou so much for sharing these very special images, now all the more precious since we lost "Snowy" to a hit and run driver this morning.

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  3. Great photos! Been to GTNP twice in last 4 years but never had the pleasure of seeing 399. Sad to hear the news of Snowy's passing. Maybe she will bless us with one last cub (s)!

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