Flashback Friday – baby bear bites

Forgive the double alliterations in the title!  I recently came across one of these pictures in my image library.  That recalled the encounter with this grizzly bear and her three cubs in 2012.  It was wet morning in June and my friend Jeff and I were out photographing near the Vermilion Lakes.  We found the bears under the trees.  While mom was sleeping, these two year olds were rough housing with abandon.

Though the bared teeth look fierce no true biting happened.  Even the play lost their interest before long and they alternated sprawling across mom and nursing.  We left then and it seemed they were close to a nap themselves – although they may have powered up again instead.

When they separated, I was able to grab a couple of individual shots.  Truly beautiful animals.  Five years on, I wonder how they have made out.  Their mother, 64, was well known in the Banff area but disappeared at the age of 25 and was assumed to have died in late 2013.  I believe one of these cubs was 148 who was relocated out of Banff earlier this year.  That move was due to her increasing encounters with humans but, tragically, she was shot and killed last Sunday in British Columbia.  A death, legal though it was, which I am having great difficulty accepting.  Particularly when that province will outlaw trophy hunting of grizzly bears starting on November 30th.    I’m a bit teary now so I’ll finish here.

Here is one of the last photographs I took of 64.

5 responses

  1. It’s all fun and games till mama shows up

    October 1, 2017 at 7:09 pm

  2. I read of this news the other day and was very sad. She was a beauty and I thought you were familiar with her. Also, so recently I was commenting on the other one that had been hit by a car, but survived. I am so glad that the hunt will be cancelled next month. Keep getting those beautiful photos and getting out awareness of these magnificent animals.

    September 30, 2017 at 12:26 pm

  3. Anonymous

    What amazing pictures and a bit of a background on these animals. What a terrible shame some egotistical hunter took one of them down with a bullet!

    September 30, 2017 at 9:37 am

  4. Keep posting those magnificent animals. They so need our help.

    September 30, 2017 at 7:45 am

  5. Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.

    September 30, 2017 at 5:48 am

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