Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ursus Blonde

This adolescent grizzly tried to ignore us as the animal crossed a gravel road in Kananaskis Country. This youngster likely left the mother the prior year. 

We were hiking that June day up to the lower of the Headwall Lakes. Likely the bear had emerged from solitary hibernation about three months before the photograph.

The bear looks healthy. The old fur has molted and the bear has a new and healthy looking coat. The bear looks well nourished for early in the season. 

The mouth is open, the lips are curled back, the canines are showing, and the ears are almost flat against the head; all signs that this young grizzly is annoyed by our presence. 

We backed off.

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