Grouse Mountain is, among other claims to fame, home to two grizzly bears, orphaned as cubs and raised on the mountain. They can be quite sociable but the day I was there they were playing a little coy. That made photographing them in their wilderness enclosure a little more challenging, but on the other hand I liked that the images I came home with showed the bears in surroundings that mirrored wild grizzly habitat.
I was also presented with the opportunity to easily study a grizzly foot: I thought it could almost be described as cuddly — were it not so massive and, more to the point, flanked by those two sets of terrifying claws! Ursus arctos HORRIBILIS indeed!
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