Up Close and Personal
As I was driving through the park, I came across several cars parked along the road. I stopped and found that they were watching a large black bear, as they stated. I soon found out that it was not a black bear, but a very dark grizzly bear. I started snapping photos wildly, as everyone else was, but it was too far to get a photo with my 300 mm lens.
It then started to head towards the road and got to within 30-40 meters or so and started walking parallel to the road. Everyone started following it at a distance, but I saw ahead that there was a place to park along the road. So I hopped back in my truck and drove up the road a bit and parked again. I got out and took some more photos, and the bear was soon very close and getting closer. I jumped into the passenger side of my truck and rolled the window down and this bruin walked to about 5 or 6 meters from me and stopped! This is the result!
Captured in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
The grizzly bear, also known as the silvertip bear, the grizzly, or the North American brown bear, is a subspecies of brown bear that generally lives in the uplands of western North America. This subspecies is thought to descend from Ussuri brown bears which crossed to Alaska from eastern Russia 100,000 years ago, though they did not move south until 13,000 years ago.
Except for cubs and females , grizzlies are normally solitary, active animals, but in coastal areas, the grizzly congregates.. more