Grizzly bear cub and a couple of trees

I was in Jasper photographing for a few days with a couple of good friends.  We had one day where we were able to get some glass on two separate mothers with their cubs.  One family was just the mother and her cub and it was this cub who proved to be an adept tree climber.


The pair was snacking on berries when the little one trotted over to a tall tree and then shot up the trunk.  It stopped about 40′ up and looked around for a bit.  At that point we weren’t sure whether there would be a descent down the bark or a fall.

It was amazing to watch the bear when it decided to come down.  I can only describe it as a vertical slide and a very quick one.  The cub went back to mom and they foraged along for a while.  Then it climbed another tree, stayed up to enjoy the bird’s-eye view and then slid back down.  Very fast, very natural and really a treat to see this rascal go.

On the ground the bear did not appear agitated so I believe it was climbing out of curiosity and, possibly, just for the fun of it.

13 responses

  1. Joanna W.

    Very very nice, but those are not grizzlies, but American black bears, despite their name, they comes in many different colours. 🙂

    October 23, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    • Joanna W.


      October 23, 2020 at 1:18 pm

  2. Anonymous

    Very nice, but that’s not a grizzly, it’s an American black bear (despite their name, they come in many different colours)! 🙂

    October 23, 2020 at 12:26 pm

  3. The cuteness of these animals is undeniable!

    October 15, 2016 at 9:41 am

  4. Girl Gone Expat

    Amazing photos! And the cub is off course super cute:)

    May 20, 2015 at 10:29 pm

  5. Incredible! They are so cute. I love them!

    August 3, 2012 at 5:57 am

  6. Val

    I wonder if you know how lucky you are to be in an area where you can actually see and experience this?

    August 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    • Hi Val,

      I try to never take it for granted. Luckily I get to see it for the first time again when I’m out with my kids so I get good reminders.



      August 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm

  7. Ha! So much for climbing up a tree to escape a bear. Great photos.

    July 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm

  8. bearshouse

    I think I’ve had dreams like these images. Thanks

    July 28, 2012 at 6:49 am

  9. Charlotte Lehman

    Wow, what an amazing experience!

    July 28, 2012 at 6:19 am

  10. sdunnebacke

    Man, this makes me wish Michigan was in western Canada. My daughter would love to see bear cubs – of course, she’d want to take one home…

    July 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm

  11. What an amazing thing to see. Have only seen a few grizzlies. One of them climbed about 10 feet up a tree, but definitely nothing like this. Congrats on an awesome series of photos!

    July 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm

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