It is Berry Season now and that means a time to be Extra Careful when out in Favorite Shared Spaces. Bears can become very focused on eating Berries and when in dense bush, Surprise Encounters are Far More Common. If a Bear knows you are there, or approaching on a trail, the chances of a difficult situation is less likely. Be Safe out there!
Grateful to see this amazing Grizzly Family for a short appearance before they head up in altitude towards new green growth. We may see them again during berry season, but just knowing they are doing well is wonderful. As newborns, these cubs had something about them that was particularly amazing as you can see.
The Biggest Grizzly Seen in the Area So Far is such a magnificent sight. We thought a little tribute to this amazing Apex creature was in order, so here is a good look at this incredible fella. We are not sure, but He may have recently been seen mating with one of the biggest Sows in the area. If so, their offspring will be exceptionally gifted in the size department.
It Appears the 3 Amigo's Mum is now raising/protecting 2 newborns(coy). Back in 2019, she had 3 that looked exactly like these 2(little "Spirit" faces), but She was quite a bit Heavier at the same time of year back then. The cooler Spring sure has seemed to delay their ability to put on weight. Hopefully, we get lots of moisture in the immediate and this Family finds a safe space far away from the Highways.
Here is our first sighting of this Amazing Grizzly Family Today and as Newborns. They looked like they weathered hibernation very well! The Family were seen on Mountain Peaks in late Spring and now with some slight adjustments to their territory, down in the Valley Bottom. Many call this Famous Mother "Grizzma" as she is very well known, such a Beautiful Mother Bear, and has an amazing temperament. Along with some footage of Grizzma and Her Cubs today, we have included our First Sighting of them back in 2020, as newborns. We Hope Cubs and Mum stay together for the remainder of this year for their safety, but we can see that it may be difficult for all of them to occupy the same Den when that time comes.
Young Boars in the Grizzly Bear World face a lot of obstacles. This young Male has been constantly on the Move in his space/territory as he successfully manages to avoid larger Grizzlies and feed himself in a popular area. He was one of the "3 Amigos" from 2019. His siblings are also in this area, but they seem to be preferring distance from Him now at this age. His Mother was very Gifted with size and experience that She seemed to have passed on to this young fella.
These 2 Grizzly Bear Siblings were of a group of 3, but just these two stayed together while the third one ventured out on his own. So far, these two have been doing well bouncing on and through territorial edges of many larger Bears. Here you can also see that you have to be bear aware everywhere as common hiking hubs contain many trail junctions often also used by Grizzly and Black Bears. We hope to see these two beautiful Bears continue to do well in this amazing space.
The Biggest Beautiful Grizzly Sow we have seen in this area appears late in an evening, much to our Delight! Hopefully, She will pair up with an equally awesome Male during this Grizzly Bear mating season.
This is one of the most interesting pair of Grizzly Bears right now as no one seems to know. We have heard that they are Twins, a Mating Pair, but what we witnessed today.. possibly a Mum with a Teenage Cub. Regardless.. they are wonderful to Witness.
These two Grizzly Bears have travelled quite a distance over the last week. Originally, they were thought to be Siblings, but were seen Mating, so it is possible that they are an early Mating Pair. They could also simply be Siblings that are acting out natural instincts present during this time of year. It is early Bear Mating Season.
These Grizzly Cubs are looking good after hibernation. Here they go for a Swim in Athabasca River, moving around quite a bit early in the season. Athabasca River is not yet high or too powerful as we have not had very many hot days, forcing fast Spring Mountain runoff. The Grizzly Cubs were newborns in 2019, now 3 years old and with one less sibling than last summer. The Grizzly Siblings could have parted ways due to Male/Female differences being more evident, which is common as they become this age.
Our First Sighting of this Big Girl out of Hibernation was a nice surprise. She was in Great condition.. looking really Big and Strong as She begins her travels. Her Paws and Nose were never still for long as she searches for scents of substance. The beginning shows a clip of her Hunting Ground Squirrels along with when she had a newborn Cub Last Year, to compare. Her Gifted structure looks even bigger and fuller this year. We were hoping to see Her trying Motherhood again this year, but no luck on that account. Regardless, it was an incredible encounter that took place in a perfect setting with lots of safe space to observe. She is a Great Teacher that the Rockies are Lucky to Have! *We had a little fun on the beginning of this.. hope it brings a smile your way.
A Beautiful Spring Grizzly Bear Family known very well, captivates us with some quiet peaceful time.
The second part of An amazing Grizzly Family well known in this area feeding on an Elk Carcass that supplied nutrient dense food for them for about a week. This Grizzly Sow has been an incredible educator to so many people as she raises several sets of Cubs in a space shared by people in Nature. The Cubs of the Year even show quite an interest in this meat now, after observing Mum for a couple days. We have done what we could to increase the quality and flow as we were using a lot of digital zoom in the evenings during these memorable encounters. No other Bears challenged this Grizzly family for the elk carcass. This Mother Grizzly and 2 different sets of Cubs can be seen in many of our videos over the last several years.
An amazing Grizzly Family well known in this area, find an Elk Carcass that supplied nutrient dense food for them for about a week. This Grizzly Sow has been an incredible educator to so many people as she raises several sets of Cubs in a space shared by people in Nature. Sorry for the Atmospheric Distortion. Those of you who have been with us for some time may remember this.. we've done what we could to increase the quality and flow as we were using a lot of digital zoom with older equipment in the evenings during these memorable encounters. No other Bears challenged this Grizzly family, but several eagles and coyotes visited the carcass at times. This Mother Grizzly and 2 different sets of Cubs can be seen in many of our videos over the last several years.
Our First encounter with a special Grizzly Mother and her newborn cubs this year. She is such a patient and well tempered Grizzly sow and we are now lucky enough to witness her with her second set of Cubs over the last several years. It was an exciting day as we were not certain she was okay over the Winter, but clearly she was. Grizzly Bears produce only two or three cubs every three years and their survival rate is unfortunately very low. Everyone in this location of Canada's Rockies will be Cheering this family on!
Initially a surprise encounter, we have never seen this Grizzly Bear Sow with 3 Tiny Cubs of the Year Before Today. The most impressive Mother Bear we have seen to date, with 3 of the cutest little Grizzly Cubs.
Grizzly Bear Cubs of the Year Playing and Exploring Canada's Rockies in 2020. These two Grizzly cubs are so entertaining to watch while they Play. Cubs of the year mainly focus on three things.. Mother's milk, Exploring/learning, and Play!
Grizzly Bears Pairing up during mating season in Canada's Rockies.
Grizzly Bear Mum tends to her nutritional needs while the healthiest newborn Bear Cub(cub of the year) we have seen makes a first appearance. Unfortunately, this grizzly cub does not have a sibling to play and "practice" with, but it shows the benefits of the food advantage a single cub has. This grizzly bear cub is not only very well fed, but seems to be very laid back here today.
She's Got Moves! ..Big Grizzly Bear Sow Displaying some Agility on the Hunt. Earlier, this Grizzly Bear caught an Elk calf and now she is hunting ground squirrels. This Big Grizzly was the Mum of One very Healthy Cub a couple weeks ago, but lost it likely to another big Boar. She has travelled up to 60km in the last few days. They do have such a tough life, but here her calories in were more than calories out. We sure hope to see this awesome Grizzly Bear produce offspring again soon.
This Grizzly Bear Family with an incredible temperament is well loved in this area of Canada's Rockies. Just about to embark on Grizzly Bear mating season, Mum will have to deal with more Boars entering the area, threatening the safety of her cubs. One Boar has already been pursuing this Family over the last several days. We were very lucky to have some rare moments with this amazing Grizzly Family before they may have to disappear as mating season adjusts the mood.
A Rare occurrence.. Grizzly Bear Cubs from Newborns(sorry for the shake) to Sub-Adults. It's very rare for Grizzly Bear Cubs to make it this far, and especially 3 Siblings together. They just left their Mother a short time ago and are finding their space together. Here the Grown Cubs become separated, but never venture far as we witness them reunite late the next evening. Their exceptional noses prove to be their most powerful tool in keeping together. As a Unit, these Grizzly Bear Cubs stand a much better chance of survival.