This project focuses on studying and photographing both black and grizzly bears in and around their protected habitats in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. We are interested in telling the story of bears because of their delicate conservation status, and their tremendous cultural significance. These charismatic bears elicit an excitement and intrigue for everyone: from the young urban dweller to the seasoned outdoorsmen. They are the perfect species to foster compelling conversations and the importance of maintaining wild places or our wildlife.
After grazing with its mother for over an hour this cub had loads of energy. After running endlessly, climbing boulders, and jumping among tree branches it seemed to lose track of Mama Bear. The cub almost still while searching for her. Once located, the cub was quickly satisfied and went back to playtime. Typically Black Bear cubs still with their mothers for around 2 years. This little guy is about 6 months old.
Grizzly Bears are an extremely resourceful animal and can thrive in a variety of habitats. Without much shade among the sage brush this bear was happy to cool off in a small alpine lake. After swimming in circles for a few minutes the bear made is way up to higher elevation.