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Another Day, Another Bear

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 1 December 2019 in Animal & Insect.

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
The black bear is commonly seen in forested areas, along roadsides and in campgrounds. Their color varies from black to cinnamon. Short curved claws make them agile tree climbers. The black bear's diet is about 77 per cent vegetable, including grasses, roots, and berries. Carrion and insects make up about 22 per cent of their diet and mammals a mere one per cent.

To minimize the potential of a bear encounter you should:
*Stay alert on the trails
*Make noise
*Look for fresh bear sign
*Travel in groups
*Carry bear spray and know how to use it
*If you encounter a bear, give it LOTS of space

We carried bear spray but didn't need to use it.

NIKON D5500 1/100 second F/5.3 ISO 400 117 mm (35mm equiv.)

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

The bear is a handsome animal. Sometimes it's hard to believe it is as dangerous as it really is.
Here I would like to introduce the Finnish Bear Park, which can be found at that link. Here I would like to introduce the Finnish Bear Park, which can be found at that link.

1 Dec 2019 6:05am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Sorry. Its adress is:

1 Dec 2019 6:07am

@Jypyä Pop: Interesting link about the Bear Park. Thanks.

By Marie from Entre By Marie et Montagnes, France

Magnificent specimen. I love bears!

1 Dec 2019 6:14am

JPA from Paris, France

il est splendide!! amts

1 Dec 2019 8:30am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

So beautiful animal ! an exceptional encounter !

1 Dec 2019 8:59am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Please do not eat me, I am not yummy. I think you prefer vegetables.

1 Dec 2019 9:35am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A very healthy looking bear. Nice capture.

1 Dec 2019 9:53am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

I have seen stupid tourists, one putting out food to attract the bear, while the other sneaks round the car to get a shot. I gave them a mouthful about it and got an abusive reply. Sadly it's exactly the sort of behaviour that has made bear spray a necessity. Glad you are on the case and a nice capture too

1 Dec 2019 10:30am

@grouser: That kind of behavior can cause the bear to be killed. If people are caught feeding wildlife in the national parks in Canada they will have to pay a big fine. They are putting the bear and others at risk.

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Very well captured this bear.
Can you photograph these wild animals without danger ?? !!

1 Dec 2019 12:06pm

@Willem: We were in the car, but if hiking one must give them plenty of space and make noise so you do not surprise them. Even then it could be dangerous if they have a cub or feel threatened.

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

A beautyful bear.

1 Dec 2019 12:07pm

Rose from United States

He looks like h is really moving on...

1 Dec 2019 12:32pm

Devi from Chennai, India

a wonderful shot from the car....

1 Dec 2019 3:18pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Oh how beautiful this bear is!

1 Dec 2019 3:46pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


1 Dec 2019 5:09pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Nice capture of this beautiful bear and interesting information. :)

1 Dec 2019 7:10pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Cool shot of this handsome bear. I would hate to have to take on a charging bear with the spray since it only reaches out about thirty feet. That's too close for my comfort.

1 Dec 2019 7:39pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb image of the encounter with a bear and thanks for the explanations , I’m glad you didn’t have to use the spray.

1 Dec 2019 8:16pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

wonderful !!!!!

1 Dec 2019 8:21pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I saw a beautiful cinnamon sow with three cinnamon cubs a couple of years ago.
A lot of my working life was with a railway and that is where bears like to hang out because of grain along the line. We learned to respect the speed at which they can travel. And how quiet they can be.

2 Dec 2019 12:11am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

You saw some amazing wildlife! A great view of this bear!

2 Dec 2019 3:07am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands


2 Dec 2019 12:14pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

little one

3 Dec 2019 1:14am

1/100 second
ISO 400
117 mm (35mm equiv.)