Grizzly Bear, Katmai National Park, Alaska, Alaska, United States by Tom Savage

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Several of my friends and I were on a retired crab boat cruising the bays along the coast of Katmai Nation Park, Alaska looking for grizzly bears to photograph. We would go ashore at a good place in each bay and photograph whatever bears we could find and move on to the next bay. One of the bays, Hallo, was big and wide with a meadow off the beach and a big glacier at the head. It was well known for blond female grizzlies that had cubs, and during early August, when we were there, the cubs were large enough to follow their mother while she fished. This grizzly in the image was named Paula, and we named the cub Racer because he was always racing to keep up with his mother no mater where she went. Most cubs would wait on the beach or river bank while their mother fished, but not Racer. He would run right behind her when she chased fish. Since Racer was a single cub with no siblings to play with, Paula would play withs him when she wasn’t fishing. She was a very loving mother and very good at catching salmon.

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