In June last summer I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to guide a nature documentary film crew at a remote, private camp on the border of Lake Clark National Park, where Natural Habitat runs its Bear Camp. The weather along the coast was exceptionally dry, and in many areas the sedge grasses, which the bears feed on in June were struggling. In our meadow, however, which was constantly fed by glacial meltwater from Iliamna Volcano, remained verdant and attracted many hungry females, and in turn giant males that wanted to mate with them. Although mothers and cubs rarely visit this area in June, it was a spectacular opportunity to capture mating season action.
Stay tuned for my next post as I will show the other amazing aspect of this week of filming bears- tundra swans with the bears!