Grizzly Bear - Yellowstone National Park
When Catherine and I were in Yellowstone National Park we saw three grizzly bears and were able to get photos of the two bears on this page. This first bear we saw near Yellowstone Lake past fishing bridge heading east towards Cody. We first saw the bear in some brush. He then looked like he was being tormented by bugs. He swiped at them with his paws and rolled around. He then started to run. After a while he ran into a pond and started swimming.
Pictures enlarge if you click on them. The grizzly bear is a powerful bear that lives in western North America. Grizzly bears reach weights of 400–1,500 pounds and stands 8 ft tall on its hind legs. The grizzly has a large hump over the shoulders, which is a muscle mass used to power the forelimbs in digging. The head is large and round with a concave facial profile. In spite of their massive size, these bears can run at speeds of up to thirty-five miles per hour. Three decades ago, there were just 136 of the bears roaming Yellowstone and other parts of the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. There are now more than 500 of the large, hump-shouldered creatures in those areas.
It was getting dark when I took these pictures. This photo enlarges when you click on it and you can actually see the bear's eyes glowing.
In this photo you can see that this bear has a collar tag. We talked to a local photographer who was also taking pictures of this bear. He said this was a female and the mother of this bear had been killed in the previous year by auto traffic.
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