On Your Marks, Get Set, CUTE BEAR!

Before you go any further I need to warn anyone about to read this: the bear depicted in the following images is DANGEROUSLY adorable.  You may be stricken with an unreasonably large need to hug her.  I don’t recommend ever doing that.

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1/125 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 500

Is it just me or is it unfair how deceptively cute these things are.  For being something that can remove your arms like cotton candy they have quite the allure.

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1/160 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 500

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1/125 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 400

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1/125 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 320

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1/125 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 500

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This is a Brown Bear.  I figure her to be a young female, probably 2 years old.  I’m guessing that because of her size.  Brown Bear cubs stay with their mother for up to two years.  After the second summer the mother and cubs part ways.  The mother finds a den to have more cubs over the winter and the cubs get upgraded to “subadult”.  This would be a subadult, but still on the small side so likely a female.  She is no where near full size and at a highly vulnerable point in life.  Bears are very curious at this stage.  In fact, many “problem bears” are around this age.  They investigate everything trying to figure out what they can and can’t eat.  This can be very dangerous for both them and people.  Not only do they have to watch out for people, but they need to be weary of other Brown Bears, particularly large males.  Adult males will attack and kill cubs, or even subadults, if they get the chance.  By killing the cubs the mother is sent back into estrus.  The male mates with her and now the cubs she raises next year are his.  This is him making sure as many cubs as possible are his and no one else’s.  In the next few bear posts I’ll include bear fun facts and the differences between Brown, Grizzly and Black Bears.

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One thought on “On Your Marks, Get Set, CUTE BEAR!

  1. Whenever I see a bear, I always have simultaneous urges to get closer and watch what they’re doing, and run away before they get pissed off! You’re right that it’s amazing how one animal can be both so attracting and so threatening…

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