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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Grand Teton National Park, Grizzly 399, Blondie and Others



This year has been remarkable for the number of grizzly bear sightings.  Yesterday we saw seven before 10:30 a.m.

One day recently we spotted a "polar bear" taking plunge in Jackson Lake.  The ice on the water did not  deter her...








Grizzly 399 and her cubs have been drawing attention and causing traffic snarls...




Speaking of snarls, look at this cub's expression...



When the bears are visible, some photographers go to great lengths to obtain a photograph...



In national parks one might be surrounded by tourists taking cell phone pictures, or sharing space with world-renowned wildlife photographers such as Tom Mangelsen...



The Snake River flows through GTNP, and that is where we found this spotted sandpiper early one morning...



Later in the day we came across a yellow warbler on Pacific Creek Road...



On one of our early morning outings we came across Grizzly 793 (Blondie) and family blocking the road.  At first we were concerned that either she or a cub had been struck by a car; fortunately, they were just having some play time...





When play time ended, Cheryl captured this image of Blondie nursing the cubs...



Later in the day 793 and family were visible again near Dump Road...







We have seen a number of moose on this visit, including this one that crossed the parking lot at the Willow Flats overlook...



The young bull was anxious to get to the flats...



He even ignored the signs warning of bear danger...



Grizzlies frequently prowl the willow flats seeking elk or moose calves...



399 and family can often be found in the willows when calving season is underway...



The next image is a boar, known to photographers and frequent visitors as Bruno.  He is the same bear shown in an earlier photo stalking the willow flats...




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

1 comment:

  1. I didn't realize the bears were so well known that they had names and numbers. It looks like some people are awfully close to them. I don't think I'd be so brave.

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