Bear Aware

Yesterday morning we noticed some activity on the road (park employees going up the hill, throwing rocks, not letting tourists out of their cars etc.) in front of my daughter’s house at Yellowstone; she mentioned casually that it was probably a bear. The bears are hungry and know that the elk mamas have their babies hidden in various spots around the area. I always try to act somewhat cool and un-touristy about these things, but eventually had to go outside with my camera. I edged around the side of the house and came upon two young black bears partway up a tree, with the park workers patiently waiting for them to come down. When they did, the guys chased them across the road, but they kept returning, especially the cinnamon colored one, who was not the least bit afraid of humans. Within a short while, there was a group of photographers with their long lenses gathered outside- how do they always know where to go?  My husband and I went to town, and were surprised to see that the cinnamon bear was still on the hill across the street when we returned; the female elk had ganged up on him and chased him off the lawn. We haven’t seen any more of the bears since then, but it was a reminder that we are in Yellowstone and in bear territory.

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3 responses

  1. Wow! Great shots. I especially love the one of them climbing.

    May 28, 2014 at 8:43 am

  2. What a wonderful experience and you got some great shots! It looks like you are having an amazing trip. Your daughter lives in (near) the park?

    May 28, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    • Melinda

      Yup, Barb, IN the park. Her husband works for the NPS and she teaches preschool. A very interesting life for them and the little ones!

      May 28, 2014 at 4:33 pm

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