Grouse Mountain Grizzlies

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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.

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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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6 thoughts on “Grouse Mountain Grizzlies

    • Yes, it’s great to be able to photograph them like that. I lived up north for a couple of years, I got to see wild black bears as well as grizzlies a little too close a few times… 🙂

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      • Here in Portland, Oregon our main concern is mountain lions, cougars. We had to put down an older one in a neighborhood tree just last week. This week we spotted another one near a school that had to stay on lockdown until cleared out of the area. We’ve never had a human killed by cougar in Oregon but pets have been killed.

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