Bears and Babies May 2021 trip report:
I've just completed another very successful Grand Tetons photography trip. I conducted two tours and the grizzlies were out in force.Unfortunately, I was just one of thousands of tourists trying to see the bears. Bear 399 and her four cubs have become an internet sensation and she was very accessible during the entire trip. There was one point where I saw her 10 consecutive days and had followed her traversing all around the park. The problem was there were typically several hundred other vehicles and occupants also doing the same thing.
Then near the end of the trip 399 showed her hunting prowess and captured a young elk calf right in front of hundreds of witnesses. Unfortunately, I was not on site when she made the capture, but arrived as the family was devouring the meal.
Enjoy a series of photos that I took of the family throughout the week.
Well, as much as "399" and family were the stars, there where many other bears in the area and 3 bears had new born "cubs of the year" (COY) This is where bears get their "cuteness" from. It didn't take long to find them, infact before I even reached the National Park, I ran into my old friend Felicia, otherwise known as bear #863. If you have read my report from last year, she and a big male had provided some wonderful photo opportunities many of which were featured in my published magazine article in the PSA Journal (Photographic Society of America). This year she had the results of her frolicing, two COY of her own.