Raw Bear Power- Portfolio of a Giant Old Grizzly
I love the giant, battle-scarred male bears of the Alaska Peninsula. I recently spent some time watching an awesome old male in his prime fishing for salmon while guiding bear viewing expeditions for Natural Habitat Adventures
. He must weigh close to 1,000 pounds, and he uses his weight to his advantage as he bullies his way through deep pools and fast flowing riffles in search of food. If only a bear like this could tell stories…. Last year I wrote an essay about the life of such a bear- click here to check it out
- This enormous brute of a bear overpowers the river to force salmon out of the current
The giant brute slams into a pool, ejecting a salmon into the air,
The bear's head and a salmon are visible in the wall of water created by the great splash.
A closer look at an eerie, incredible split second captured in a high speed image. The salmon in peril, and the relentless bear are visible in the wave of water.
The big old boar secures yet another meal from the frigid river,
Giant male brown bear. Check out his muscular arms and shoulders.
The old warrior.
Giant coastal grizzly, Alaska peninsula.
The old male fishes from a rocky outcrop above the river.
He takes a plunge after salmon in a deep pool.
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These photos were taken in Katmai National Park, which is is one of the only places where huge males like this are not afraid of humans. In other areas of Alaska, these bears are viewed as trophies for hunters, and hide from any sign of humans. I think this bear is far more valuable alive than dead.