Bears of Grand Teton National Park – 399
We had an amazing 10 days watching the Bears of Grand Teton National Park. Our original plan for going to Jackson was to install the bar that Al made, spend a day or two, and go back to Utah. But, the bears were out, the park was not crowded, and the weather was amazing. So of course we stayed longer, then longer again, and oh hey, just one more day.
The grizzly 399, and her cubs from last year were the first bears we saw. I was glad to see the cubs looking healthy, and bigger than last year.
399 is an amazing 22 years old, has raised numerous cubs, and is a great mama bear.
This little cub had a bad itch, so funny to watch.
The first morning we saw her, they were all busy digging in the ground. I’m not sure what exactly they were eating, but apparently it was good stuff.
Isn’t she beautiful?!
Mama bear dug a pretty good size hole, and this little one went and sat in it.
It is truly a humbling experience to see these grizzlies. They are so beautiful, and so amazing.
These next images are from the second time we saw her. It was in the evening and the light was not super good, but it was still fun to just watch her and the cubs.
The Grande Dame.
Her cubs are so cute, and I can only hope they live a long life like their mother.
Grizzly bears have been delisted from the endangered species list in the greater Yellowstone area, which of course includes the land around Grand Teton NP. This means that if a grizzly wanders out of the safety of the National Parks, they will be fair game for trophy hunters. 399 is an incredibly popular bear, even more so since the 60 Minutes segment that aired while we were in the park, and she is at risk of being killed by a hunter. The very thought makes me sick.
How anyone could think killing one of these wonderful bears is a good idea, is beyond me. Wyoming has so far approved the killing of 24 grizzlies in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. There are of course lawsuits, and petitions against the hunt, and everything is suppose to be completely decided by late summer.
Why can’t people just hunt with a camera? Leaving the wild animals for everyone else to see and enjoy.
More bears, and more wildlife from our trip coming soon.
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