Watchful by Cheryl Strahl Via Flickr: A sow with her cub will sometimes look like she is smacking her lips when she senses another bear approaching them. Her body language basically conveys her expressions of fear, nervousness and apprehension. She will usually retreat after she demonstrates this behaviour. We witnessed this several times as the bears came and went from the bend in the creek. Funnel Creek, Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK. Seen during the Sockeye Salmon run this past summer.
The Clingy Cub by Cheryl Strahl Via Flickr: This sow with her single cub were such a pleasure and a wonder to watch! The cub seemed to be very clingy - much to it’s mother’s continued patience while fishing for sockeye salmon. Each time another bear would come by, the one year old cub would hide behind mother and peek anxiously over her body. I wondered if maybe it had a twin which had been killed by another bear. Funnel Creek, Katmai N.P. and Preserve, AK.
An Attentive Audience by Cheryl Strahl Via Flickr: Two Brown Bear siblings play as a group of fishermen watch carefully. The fishermen were fly-fishing for the sockeye and passed through this bend in the creek during our shoot. Katmai N.P. and Preserve, AK, last month.
*for those of you who watch the bear cam you know exactly where on the river this is :)