BearHead Photography has many images to showcase his expansive portfolio on mammals of North America, and these are his bear photos. BearHead Photography specializes in bear photos.
Coming at You
When brown bears are fishing they can become very excited and chase any fish they see. This brown bear was patrolling the river all afternoon when a salmon got stuck in shallow water near where I was standing. She turned immediately when she saw this and bolted like a freight train after that salmon. She had every determination to catch that fish, and she was successful. Edition of 40.
Grand Prize Winner National Geographic Photo Contest
Grizzly bear cubs are very playful when they are young. These cubs had been rolling around, and when they finished the one cub stood up and put its paws together. Edition of 40.
Highly Honored Photograph Natures Best Photography Competition
In the summer in Alaska, the nights just turn dusky and not all the way dark. It was nearly 11 p.m. when I spotted this mother and her 4 cubs for the first time. I was getting ready for bed, but that quickly changed and I hurried to find them again. They were moving down the lake shore looking for salmon to fish for. It was my very first time ever seeing a mother and 4 cubs, and having them all walk in a line on the lake shore sure made my night a lot better.
The Wild Coast
In Alaska you just never know what you might encounter with wildlife. There is such great diversity, and the animals are in numerous areas. Once this bear noticed the bald eagle had a fish, it went over to investigate. The eagle had eaten all it wanted and flew over the bear as it went to rest and digest its meal. Edition of 40.
We found this bear taking a nap on the beach. We slowly approached, and it kept sleeping for a long time. When it began to wake up, it stretched its legs and sprawled out. For just a brief moment it brought its head down to its paws, and looked like a human relaxing on the beach. This type of look you don't see from bears very often at all! Edition of 40.
Mother bear bent this tree down and used it to rest on. The tree made for a great jungle gym for the cubs to play on too. After they were done playing, they came next to mom and leaned over the tree branch all at once. Edition of 40.
Going for a Ride
When cubs are real young, it is somewhat common for them to latch onto mom while she is swimming. This little cub was tired of walking in the grass and decided to climb onto mom as she moved around and save its energy. Edition of 40.
Adolescent bears are at the bottom of the totem pole in a bears world. Bears don't like being chased or harassed, so when they see another younger bear they try to be dominate over that bear because they are tired of getting pushed around. Neither of these bears were giving up ground, and growled and fought back against the other.
When salmon really start to push up the river, bears start to show up from everywhere. Salmon are high in protein, and every bear wants to eat salmon. Congregations like this do not happen very often, but when they do bears tolerate each other fairly well because there is such a large supply of food. Edition of 40.
There were only a couple of bears that fished on Brooks Falls that were fast enough to catch salmon that did not jump right to them. This bear was probably the most successful bear at catching salmon that there was. As this salmon tried to sneak by, at the last second the bear turned its head and that salmon was caught. Edition of 40.
Rise and Shine
Bears are just like humans when they wake up from a nap, groggy. This bear family had a good rest on the tidal flats, and were woken by the rising tide. They weren't ready to get up yet, but had to. The two cubs clung to their mother and wanted more rest, but mom knew better because of the rising tide. Edition of 40.
There are too many times to count when I had a great setting with wildlife, but no light. Having both come together perfectly on this morning was a dream. As I ran to the stream, hoping they would cross in the perfect morning light, I waited only briefly before they decided to cross. The morning light, reflection, and mountains made for a dramatic backcountry Alaskan scene. Edition of 40.
This bear family was resting quietly on the shore of the river, when across the river another bear started to chase a fish. This startled the bear family and they woke up. They decided to sit there and watch the bear fish, and make sure that it did not come their direction. The bears stayed close, so in case they had to leave they knew where each other was. Edition of 40.
A mother bear with young spring cubs has to be very careful. Other bears will try to get her cubs if they can to try and re-mate with her. Any bear, though, poses a threat to the safety of her cubs. When this mother bear saw a bear coming closer, she stood to get a better look and her cubs wanted to see what scared her as well.
Grizzly bears normally have between 1 and 3 cubs. 4 cubs can happen, but is really rare. This mother had her hands full caring for all of her cubs, and the cubs would closely follow her as she moved around looking for salmon. Edition of 40.
Being able to watch a large polar bear close up in it natural environment is a great experience. Once he determined we were a little to close, it let us know by showing us his teeth. Edition of 40.
Young bears are often appealing to look at. They have nice round faces and are very playful and cuddly. When this young bear turned around in the grass to look back at its sibling, it actually looked like a stuffed teddy bear. Edition of 40.
While one cub was on the ground, the other cub was glad to finally have more space on mothers back to move around. After a while it looked to see where its sibling was, and when it saw the other sibling it gave off a big smile. Edition of 40.
Denali is a park with over 6 million acres of protected land. There are only around 300 grizzly bears in the park, due to how hard it is to survive there. On a clear day, a grizzly bear roams the open tundra looking for berries in the fall. Edition of 40.
Grizzly bear cubs depend solely on their mother for protection and food. Walking the river can be a scary place for a cub, with so many males around at times. Unsure of a bear approaching, this cub crawled under its mother and watched from her protection. Edition of 40.
A Bears Range
Black bears tend to spend the majority of their days in the woods. It's really difficult to find a scene with a black bear where there isn't mostly woods in the picture. It was a real treat watching this bear as it moved by the lake with the mountains surrounding the valley! Edition of 40.
Hold On Tight
It is very uncommon for grizzly bear cubs to be on their mothers back. These cubs had gotten scared a day earlier in water, and they didn't want to have that happen again. So as mother got up from feeding them, they hung on tight and rode on her back as they left the tidal flats and the incoming tide. Edition of 40.
Standing on Mom
It is not a common sight to see a cub on its mother's back. This cub had climbed up while eating grass, and still had some in its mouth. Mother bear didn't seem to mind as its cub moved on her back. Edition of 40.
Being a bear mother can be a tough time. Constantly having to watch over her little cubs, and still get enough food to feed herself and them is very tiring. The cubs would sometimes play on this log, but it looked like a nice pillow to this mom on this occasion. I'm sure she wanted a peaceful sleep to herself, but her cubs came over and joined her far a nap on the log. Edition of 40.
The contrast in the bright red fish and the dark bear is terrific. You can see in the fish's eyes that it knows it is doomed. Many of the fish that bears catch are not this bright and colorful. This bear is happy about its catch and ready to eat. Edition of 40.
Look What I Can Do
These cubs were so much fun to watch and play. It always seemed as if the other was trying to one up the other. After its sibling had stood up, this cubs stood up and waved while its sibling watched on. Edition of 40.
In Her Arms
After nursing her cubs, this exhausted mother laid down for a nap. As she was about to fall asleep, one cub came and curled up with her. As she put her head back down, only the cubs head was sticking out between her head and arm, and I'm sure the cub was comfortable in her moms arms. Edition of 40.
Where better in nature to take a nap than on a log. This bear family was obviously tired, and they all decided this log looked like the perfect place for a nap. The year prior, I had actually gotten this exact family on this log sleeping together, except they were all right beside each other. It was very neat seeing them a year later sleeping on the exact same log.
Sunrises in Alaska can be spectacular. On this morning it wasn't that early in the morning, the light was just spectacular later on. As this mom and cub moved around, the light made everything glow. Edition of 40.
Black bears are a difficult animal to photograph because of how dark their fur is. There are only a few types of light that work well with black bears, and those are usually short periods of the day. Catching this large male in the evening light out of the forest was spectacular. Edition of 40.
One of the best defences a black bear cub has when it comes to safety is climbing a tree. If they feel scared in any way they will climb a tree because it is safer in the tree than on the ground. This bear cub had gotten spooked by a branch moving and wanted to make sure it wasn't something else.
Watching young bear cubs play never gets old. They have the protection of mother, and act as if there is nothing in the world that could bother them. They have such a great time and really play when they are young. These two cubs were usually really close to each other and enjoyed tugging on the other at all times.
Being an animal can be tough sometimes. This bear had been playing with tow other bears around its same age and was worn out. He laid in the sand for a while and then slowly rolled over. It took the bear a couple of minutes to actually roll all the way over, and it was laying in front of Augustine Volcano.
In many years of watching bears, I haven't come across three cubs that often. When I do get to photograph three cubs, it normally is two out of the three playing, and rarely all three together. When these cubs began running my way and all three were playing chase, it made for an exciting and rare moment.
From my experience, bears are not often early risers. Finding them in the first light of the day is often difficult, and they aren't usually that active when I do find them in the morning. This bear family was on the move, though, and mother bear wasn't worried about crossing the river and making her cubs follow her.
All black bears can climb trees with ease. A small black bear can even climb to the tops of trees without worrying about the branches breaking. This little bear cub was almost at the top of the tree watching its mother eat down below. Edition of 40.
This was this bear families first time out on the tidal flats. It was neat watching the three cubs experience and check out their new world. They would only get so far from mother, though, before running back to her. Edition of 40.
Bears become very active as the sun goes down. They like the night because it is much cooler and they can move around more. With just a few minutes of light left this bear passed close to me and I tried to get low to capture the mountain in the background. Edition of 40.
Black bears stick mostly to the forests for their food. It is not often they are seen out in the open foraging for food. This bear was eating on the edge of the woods, and I had just enough of an opening to capture the mountains behind him. Edition of 40.
Many times when a bear has an unsuccessful chase of a salmon, they stand up almost in disbelief. The bear is trying to get a better view of where that fish could have possibly gone. If a bear does not stand up in the creek it is as if they did not believe they could catch the salmon. A standing bear in the creek is a determined bear, and the early morning light made its fur look the same color as the beach. Edition of 40.
It took me years and years to find a bear sleeping on a log, and then in the past couple of years I have been fortunate to get to see it a few times. Watching this bear family as they moved and re-situated to get comfy on the log was quite the site. But once they found there spot the fell asleep and looked comfortable.
In the far north, the tundra is a wide open area that stretches for as far as the eye can see. A large polar bear stands out on the tundra as the sun sets. Edition of 40.
While mother was trying to rest, her cubs were running around continously. Young cubs are very playful and have plenty of energy. As another bear began to approach the family, mother woke up and the cubs ran up the tree as fast as they could. Edition of 40.
Bears chase each other often for a fresh salmon, it is just normally in the opposite direction from me. The bear that caught the fish was so surprised to see this bear running at it, that it took off immediately in the direction it was facing. They came charging right by us and kept going without even pretending we were there. Nothing can get in the way of hungry bears. Edition of 40.
When black bear cubs are really small, they enjoy climbing trees. These two cubs, particularly, liked to chase each other and play on the larger trees. Not knowing where mother was after playing, they both looked around to try and find her. Edition of 40.
It is not very often that a morning is as nice as this morning was. Bears are often out on the tidal flats digging for clams in the morning, it is just not often than the morning is exceptionally nice. As the sun began to come over the horizon it was very difficult to look at the bear because of the sun. In my eyes the scene did not look like this, but being able to adjust the camera settings I was able to capture this peaceful scene on a beautiful morning. Edition of 40.
Going All Out
Bears know they don't have a long season to fatten up before the winter comes again. There is no time to kill, or opportunity to pass up. Once this bear had its eyes set on a salmon, it sprinted through the water and lunged at it. It was amazing how quickly the bear moved through the deep water. Edition of 40.
As the ice begins to move into the bay, polar bears get excited that winter is coming. At first this bear was slowly moving around on the ice and rolling around. It eventually decided to head back to shore and began jumping from berg to berg. Edition of 40.
Cub are the most fun to watch, because they are unpredictable. This 3rd year grizzly bear cub was eating grass and not doing anything photogenic. Then, all of a sudden, it bragged the branch and leaned back and was being very playful and cute with the branch. Edition of 40.
Young bears are playful and curious. When this grizzly bear saw this set of moose antlers, it had likely never seen antlers before by the way he played with them. It was very curious and didn't know what to make of the antlers. Watching it bite them and move them around was fun to watch. Edition of 40.
This was the largest black bear I have ever seen. He moved around as the king and knew he was the biggest bear in the area. When he stood to scratch this tree and let other bears know he was in the area, it was amazing how tall he was and how easily he pulled the tree down. Edition of 40.
The beach is a great way to travel a large distance. It is easy to navigate, and bears can see a long way. As this family was moving down the beach, another bear family caught their attention, and they stopped to see where they would go. Edition of 40.
Following a mother with 4 spring cubs was an amazing experience! The cubs followed mother closely as she moved around looking for fish down below. As another bear walked the river, it caught all of their attentions and they stopped and watched it. Edition of 40.
The Alaskan shore line is very large. It goes for miles, and offers animals a different food source when the tide is out. This grizzly bear walked along as the sun poked through the clouds. Edition of 40.
Bears have many techniques for catching salmon. Some bears chase fish in the shallow areas, some jump from the banks, and some wait for the salmon to come to them. This male bear stood perfectly still for a long time, and was rewarded when a salmon came right to him. Edition of 40.
I Mean Business
During the fishing season for salmon, Alaskan brown bears are very serious. They know this is the best time to fatten up to survive the long winter, and it is key to their survival to eat as many fish as possible. With another bear approaching this bears fishing hole, it stood to let them know not to mess with her. Edition of 40.
Winter is Coming
Seeing polar bears in a snow storm can be difficult. This bear slowly came closer and it was still hard to see him because it was a white out. When he got close, he picked his head up and enjoyed the snow hitting his face. Edition of 40.
As a fish is about to go past this bear it does everything it can to not let that happen. Salmon are extremely fast swimmers, so this bear had to lay out where it thought the salmon would be when it finished jumping. This is a last ditch effort to try and catch the salmon. Edition of 40.
On a Mission
Bears can be intense when chasing fish, but once they catch a fish they become even more intense. The want to make sure that they are the only one eating that salmon after working hard to catch the salmon. Only seconds after catching this salmon, the bear took off toward shore to make sure no one was following. Edition of 40.
With mother not being right beside the cubs, they had to look out for themselves. They were on high alert to anything and would stand if they heard anything at all. Finally, something made them all stand and look my direction at the same time and it was perfect. Edition of 40.
Moving as One
Being a sloth bear cub is the good life. Mother watches carefully over all day, and anytime they are on the move the cubs get a free ride. As this family moves through a boulder field, the cubs watch carefully so they don't hit any rocks. Edition of 40.
After being in a fresh water stream a little while, sockeye salmon start to turn red. They no longer eat, and begin their last journey of their life. They are not as quick anymore, and bears can catch them more easily without burning lots of calories chasing them. Edition of 40.
Where are You
Baby grizzly bears are very playful and full of energy. This cub and its sibling had been playing for hours, and finally stopped. After laying in the grass a while, this cub sat up and began licking his paws, and curiously looking over at its sibling. Edition of 40.
The scenery along the Alaskan coast is beautiful. When a couple of bears are walking the beach with distant mountains behind them, it doesn't get much better. Edition of 40.
Seeing brown bears for the first time is always exciting! Each spring we wait in anticipation to see if any new spring cubs will arrive. When they first do it is very exciting because they are so small and playful. This moment was only five minutes after I found this mother bear for the first time, and her cub stayed close for comfort.
Black bears will mark trees to let other bears in the area know they are around, and to mark their territory. They do this marking a lot in the spring during the mating season. This bear grabbed the tree as it stood, and it looked as if he was scratching his back like a human in the shower. Edition of 40.
This large black bear was a smart old bear. Anytime it heard a noise it didn't, like it would duck into the thick woods. When it thought the coast was clear it would come back out and eat. A bear this large didn't get this way by being dumb. Edition of 40.
Alaskan rivers are not warm at all. They are mostly fed from snow melt and most rivers never get above 45 degrees. As this bear steps in the water it is not what it expected. It was testing out the water and it did not like what it felt. Edition of 40.
After digging in an old stump and uprooting some ants, this bear wanted to taste its paws. After trying to do that while still on all fours, it decided to stand and taste them. Right after standing it brought its paws together like it was praying and started licking its paws. Edition of 40.
A Streaming Look
Grizzly bear cubs do not like water. Anytime they are near a stream, they hope mother doesn't cross. Many streams have fast currents and it is hard for them to swim across. These little cubs let mother know they didn't want to cross, and mother listened and turned back. Edition of 40.
After getting surprised from another polar bear, these polar bears ran for their life. After running, mother bear tried to comfort her cub. Edition of 40.
Animals tend to move more in the early morning and late afternoon. Finding animals right as the sun is rising is difficult though. There are only a few minutes when the light turns everything pink, and I'm rarely in position for those perfect few minutes. My day was made after only a few minutes into it when I was able to get this mother crossing a stream at first light. Edition of 40.
Getting up close and personal with grizzly bears is not the smartest of ideas. As this bear approached, I focused on its head and was able to capture the intensity of a bear. Edition of 40.
When bear cubs are young they are unpredictable. They move around and play as often as human kids do. As this family was eating, this cub decided to stand up and show off. Edition of 40.
After waking up from their nap, mother bear quickly moved on across the river. After stumbling up to the river, it took the cubs a while to decide to cross. After one cub finally jumped in, the other 2 followed closely by. They swam as fast as they could across the river to catch up with mother. Edition of 40.
Black bear cubs enjoy climbing trees when they are young. Maybe it is just being young, but maybe it is just so much fun to climb a tree and play tag with your sibling. These two cubs were heading down the tree because their mother had given them the signal to come down.
Showing Their Teeth
People can mistake sloth bears as a non aggresive bear because they mostly eats termites and insects. On occasion they will kill an animal, and will eat meat if they come across it. These two young sloth bears play fighting show just how dangerous they can be. Edition of 40.
Bears wait on top of Brooks Falls hoping a salmon will jump right to them. More often than not, the bear winds up not catching anything and moving below the falls to try and catch a salmon. After standing on the falls for 30 minutes, a salmon jumped right to this bear and all it had to do was open its mouth. Edition of 40.
Mothers in nature are very caring. This little black bear cub was stuggling and scared to come down this little branch. Mother saw the cub, and got up from her nap and went over to the cub. She stood up as high as she could to reach her cub and rescued the cub as the other siblings watched. Edition of 40.
Running across a black bear this big in the woods is not a fun experience. Most of the time black bears run away from grizzlies, but I wouldn't be surprised if this black bear has scared many grizzlies. With a look like this, I wouldn't want to look it in the eyes. Edition of 40.
Catching this black bear moving from forest to forest was some great timing. He didn't stop but for a couple seconds as he passed through the field, and then disappeared back into the thick forest again. Edition of 40.
This One's Mine
When there is a strong push of fish up Brooks River it makes it much easier for the bears to catch fish. Only four or five times during the salmon run did a large push up the river occur. This bear continually missed fish, but so many were jumping it was bound to catch one. A fish finally jumped right to it and it had its next meal. Edition of 40.
While these cubs were playing, mom went and defended them. Another bear had come to close and the cubs watched as she scared the other bear off. Edition of 40.
Black bears can always climb trees. When young, they run up and down the trees at incredible ease. This bear cub was not high off the ground and looking at its mother. Something had scared this cub, and it held on tight to make sure it didn't slide down. Edition of 40.
Searching for Clams
Grizzly bears use their nose to search and find clams in the tidal flats. On a clear morning, this blonde bear was giving it one last try before the rising tide would push her to shore. Edition of 40.
When bears are younger, they give off a lot of energy playing and fighting with their sibling. When they stop playing, they look pretty tired and sometimes immediately take a nap. This bear wasted no time and went up on the log, found a comfy spot, and went to sleep.
When cubs don't have any siblings, their mothers have to play with them to get some of their energy out. This mother and cub were very playful and seemed to have a great time playing. The cub taps the mother on the nose to let its mother know it is having a good time. Edition of 40.
Even though this cub was right beside mother, it was still scared. There was a bear across the river from them, and the only thing the cub could think to do was cover its eyes. The other bear did not do anything because mother was there and the cub should have been comforted by that. Edition of 40.
Fish do not jump up the falls every minute. It takes patience to be able to catch a fish on top of the falls. This mother bear decided to teach her cubs about patience, and took them to the falls. It was amazing to watch them all stand there so still waiting on a fish to jump. Edition of 40.
An Early Walk
In the Alaskan summer, the sun is up for most of the day. Once September comes, though, it gets darker by 5 minutes every day. The bears still move around the same for the most part, it is just scarier trying to find them in the dark. As the sun began to rise this bear was patrolling the beach hoping to find a fish carcass that had washed up in the night. Edition of 40.
I'm Bigger Than I Look
When a bear begins to feel threatened or another bear enters its territory, it wants to find out which bear it is. Standing up not only allows the bear to see better, but it lets the other bear see it. If the other bear continues to come at that point there will more than likely be an altercation, but usually the other bear will leave the area. Edition of 40.
After feeding all morning on an elk, this bear was full and tired. It rolled over on its back like a human, and just took in the morning light and relaxed. Edition of 40.
Polar bears like when it is cold outside, not warm during the summer. They don't hibernate during the summer, but are lethargic and hardly move around. Once the snow and freezing temperatures come, they start to get excited about the ice coming back. Before the ice comes, polar bears will roam near the shoreline looking for food. Edition of 40.
The bond between a mother and her cub is very strong. A cub wouldn't survive without the care of its mother for two years. This yearling and its mother has been play fighting, but then they just rubbed each other when they were done playing. Edition of 40.
While swimming across this small stream, this grizzly bear cub got scared and climbed on to mom. Mom wasn't to happy about it, but let her cub hold on as she swam across. Edition of 40.
During the fall, nuts and acorns are a black bears favorite food item. They often scavenge them from the ground, but they will climb to find more acorns. This younger bear had climbed to the top of this tree in search of more acorns. Edition of 40.
In the open tundra of Denali, it is difficult to find a good angle to photograph a grizzly bear. Short of a close up shot, creating a dramatic photo is difficult. When I saw this bear going along this ridge, I hurried to get in position to capture it with the snow capped mountain behind him. Edition of 40.
When a bear only has one cub, it is up to her to play with her cub and prepare it for fights with other bears. In its third year, she had taught the cub well and was trying to push it off of her during a serious play fight. Edition of 40.
Bears are very good swimmers and have no problem getting wet. When this good sized black bear came to this little stream I figured he would walk right through it. Instead, he decided to jump the 3 feet and try to keep his paws from getting wet. Edition of 40.
The Best Side
It's amazing how an animal knows how to stand when to look the biggest. I followed this bear for a long time, and most of the time it was head on to me and looked moderately big. Once another bear appeared, he turned and looked at the bear and looked drastically larger and let it know he was serious. Edition of 40.
High Mountain Argument
One of the great things about Alaska is that you never know what you may encounter. When I found these bears I was on a boat tour looking for whales. But when a mother bear and her two cubs come out, you take a detour. Watching the bear family as they moved on the rocks and higher into the mountains was better than any whale sighting I had that day.
This black bear was asleep on these logs for hours. I didn't stay on him, but went and looked for other bears. I had good timing when I cam back because he was just waking up. His stretching was similar to mine after I wake up from a long nap. Edition of 40.
Once the tide goes out, the creek becomes very shallow where it empties into the ocean. In the salmon's excitement of running away from the bear it lost track of where it was and swam into a real shallow area. As the bear closes in to grab it, the salmon swims harder but to no avail. This bear will have dinner tonight. Edition of 40.
It is hard to understand how small a new black bear cub is until you see one. They're so small it seems like they would fit in the palm of your hand. This little black bear was comparable in height to the new small grass it was standing in. Edition of 40.
When bears are young, they are exploring the world and figuring everything out for the first time. This cub wanted to see around its mother and see what she was looking at. Edition of 40.
When something surprised these brothers they stood to see what it was. One brother ran to the other and then they stood up. After a long stand, and not quite what to do, they got down and ran some more. Edition of 40.
Sub adult bears are learning their rightful place in the hierarchy of bears. These young adults were playing for fun in the evening of a beautiful Alaskan day. Edition of 40.
Before the sun rises is always a great time to see wildlife. Usually they are moving around in search of food before the day comes. The mountains are 55 miles across the water and are only visible on the clearest of days. It was not long before the sun came up that this bear started scanning the tidal flats looking for clams as the sky was reflected in the shallow water. Edition of 40.
Polar bears are a very territorial animal, and don't like other bears to be near. These two large bears were both trying to lay claim to this area, and had a stand off to settle it. Edition of 40.
Grizzly bear cubs will be nursed by their mother for the first two years. When they are real young, they get nursed a few times a day. Mother bear doesn't always want to nurse and will move away from them. After enough whining, she normally gives in, even if she has to lay in water. Edition of 40.
Caught by Surprise
It is easy to get lost in an endless field of delicious grass. This mother and cub were enjoying the evening when all of a sudden another bear came running their way. They stood up at the same instant and took off running moments later. Edition of 40.
When cubs get out of sight of mom, the mom becomes worried quickly. She could not see her cubs anywhere and stood up on the beach to find out where they were. Edition of 40.
When everyone thinks it is cold outside, polar bears wish it would be colder. Once the first ice of the winter comes, it excites them for the hunting season ahead out on the large packs of ice. This polar bear had missed the ice, and began to roll around on it in excitement. Edition of 40.
You just never know what you will encounter when traveling. Nothing like a huge surprise to see a grizzly bear standing over a black bear right off the highway. I didn't get to see it happen, but from looking at the scene it was obvious the grizzly bad taken the black bear down. Edition of 40.
This was the first time I saw these bears that summer. They were coming from digging for clams and the rising water had gotten to the cubs. This cub climbed on to survive the water, and looked back at its sibling to make sure it knew he was on mother. Edition of 40.
Patience is not the best virtue for most bears. The first fish they see they usually go after. This bear, on the other hand, had been standing still for over 30 minutes just waiting for the right fish to come by. Edition of 40.
Don't Leave Mother
When sloth bear cubs are young, they stay very close to their mothers side. As mother began to move away, this cub took the shortest route possible to her and lept as far as it could. Edition of 40.
In the spring is when bears emerge with their cubs. Cubs will wander at times from their mother, but always return to her side for comfort. When mother decides its time to move on, the cubs follow close behind to not get lost. Edition of 40.
Black bear cubs will find anything they can to fight on. There is no love lost between cubs, that's for sure. It was difficult for these cubs to fight on this tree because it was so small. It wouldn't take much pull and then one cub would fall from the tree to the ground, and then climb back up and try to fight again. Edition of 40.
I tried to watch these two cubs as much as possible. They were the most playful spring cubs I had ever seen. They would chase each other around and around, and then start pushing each other around. It was a never ending game. Edition of 40.
Grizzly bear cubs have it made in Alaska. They get to live in a great spot, and their mother watches out for them and feeds them. This mother caught wind of another bear, and stood to see if she could see it. The cubs just kept eating and had no idea they were potentially in danger. Edition of 40.
A mother with cubs spends a lot of her time in the woods to stay away from males and for her cubs to have a quick escape up a tree. Most the time she will stay at the base of the tree and guard it. If she gets spooked too, she will climb up with her cubs and protect them if the other bear climbs up. Edition of 40.
Nothing gets a bear excited more than a struggling salmon. Bears will run great distances for a salmon. No matter how much energy they expend to get to the salmon, as long as they catch the salmon it is worth it. This bear had to deep of water to go through, but it gave a valiant effort. Edition of 40.
These cubs had just gotten scared by another bear and took off. They didn't wait for mother, their natural instincts took over and off they went. Once they stopped, they sat right by each other and waited for mother to come to them. Edition of 40.
These young grizzly bears were likely siblings. When I found them, they were rolling and rolling around. They were just having the best time playing on the snow. Edition of 40.
This large piece of driftwood was perfect for two young cubs. They would play king of the wood and were playing on it for over an hour, just having the best time as mom took a nap. Edition of 40.
In Alaska, the tides come and go twice daily up to over 25 feet. Alaska has the 2nd largest tides in the world, and when the tide is out bears can go out in certain areas and dig for clams. This family decided to go dig for clams on a perfect evening in Alaska.
When the tides are right the bears have to fish, no matter what time of day it is. These bears were all fishing on the creek when something down the shore caught their attention. At once they all headed down the beach to check out what had caught their attention. Something big had to have happened for all of them to stop fishing and migrate down the beach. Edition of 40.
Bears favorite fishing spots are sacred places. The most dominant bears get the best places, and the other bears wait for them to leave so that they can catch some fish. Bears are not social creatures and only tolerate other bears in such close proximity when there is a large food source. Even with most bears obeying the social hierarchy, there are still fights for the best fishing holes. Edition of 40.
As winter starts, the tundra and small ponds freeze. With this pond ice just thick enough for this polar bear to walk on, it crosses it with the ice giving off a reflection. Edition of 40.
It is hard to describe just how expansive Denali is unless you have seen it. The landscape is very deceptive in how large it is. This bear family was feeding on the carcass in the evening and blended in so well to the landscape as the sun set.
Most of the area surrounding Haines is considered a rainforest. It is a very wet place that sees more rain than sun in the summer. These bears were soaking wet from the rain as they walked the river looking for salmon. Edition of 40.
King of the River
Bear poses like this are a sign to other bears, do not come into my area. This was one of the largest bears who came to the river to fish, and he did not like to be bothered when he was fishing. If a bear came into his territory, he quickly learned to not make that mistake again. Edition of 40.
Cubs are very loving and look to mom for protection. After a long nap with mom watching over, these cubs nuzzled each other and actually licked each others face. Edition of 40.
If it not often to see a black bear this large. He was considerably larger than any other black bear I saw in this area, or in Canada at all. After scent marking some trees, he opened his mouth and let any bears in the area know that he was king. Edition of 40.
These mothers were at the mouth of the river hunting for salmon a distance apart. Some eagles and sea gulls began making a lot of noise, and it caught their attention. They both went to investigate, and their cubs were right behind them as they went. Edition of 40.
I Want to See
When grizzly cubs are born, they stay in the den for almost three months before venturing out into the world. They are still very small and stay close to their mother. This grass was not very tall, but when this cub heard a noise it had to stand to see what it was. Edition of 40.
Bears will go into the water to cool off in the summers and to hunt after salmon. After an unsuccessful hunt of a fish, this female shook herself off and kept hunting. Edition of 40.
It is not very often a black bear walks along a dry river bed. I knew this bear was in the area of the river bed and waited all day in hope that he would walk it. Finally, just before all light was gone, he came out of the woods and moved carefully over the rocks and over this log. Edition of 40.
Hide and Seek
These cubs thought this stump was a great toy. They were running around it and pushing each other off the top of it. One cub hid in the middle of the stump, and when its sibling finally came up to look for it, popped up and scared its sibling. Edition of 40.