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12-SEP-2006 BJ Ramsay


Russian River, Kenai AK

Quick note on Gimpy:

This shot is of a three year old cub named "Gimpy" who according to the local fishermen has had a relatively hard life. His mother was shot two years ago, and during the process was wounded himself, hence the name. The following year his sister "Blondie" caught him enough fish to survive, but early this year she moved down river and became a problem bear with the local fishermen and had to be killed as well. Gimpy appears to be able to hold his own this year and a future shot will show him with a large salmon. But... he is obviously in an area with a large human population and is at risk now as he becomes more comfortable with people. So the real question is how do we as responsible photographers/fishermen etc. not overly influence the "local" population to the point they become a hazard and then are forced to be shot.

The time change grabbed me last night as I sat down to work and fell asleep at the computer ;o(
I'll try and catch up on comments today! -BJ

Nikon D200 ,Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF
1/1250s f/6.3 at 165.0mm iso500 approx dist. 100' full exif

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henrywong13-Oct-2007 04:13
Amazing gallery! I love all the images here, great work Bryan. V!
jan madsen25-Mar-2007 17:13
Amazing shot here
Graham Tomlin26-Feb-2007 19:39
super capture fascinating history lets hope Gimpey takes hold of his chance in life and has a long life ;) regards Helen
papajim27-Nov-2006 00:58
Excellent nature shot, good from the safe distance. Voting
Marco Valk03-Nov-2006 18:29
great shot; v
a really sad story though; hope this one makes it
Beverly Wickersham10-Oct-2006 11:22
Excellent shot. At 165mm, you must have been pretty close. I would love to see this someday. Vote.
Focus10-Oct-2006 01:00
Great shot........outstanding light. Even with that lens, you were still to close for me!!
Chris Thorpe01-Oct-2006 16:47
Sad story. Fantastic capture. GMV
Peter Stahl01-Oct-2006 04:12
Superb! Excellent capture.
Gayle P. Clement27-Sep-2006 03:43
I love the play of light on the water in this shot.
Jean D27-Sep-2006 02:57
Fabulous image, Bryan. Very sad about the bear's chances of survival!
Greg Harp27-Sep-2006 01:27
Outstanding shot Bryan. GMV As to Gimpy's problems there aren't any easy solutions unfortunately--and perhaps none. Allowing bears to become familiar to people does them no favors as your tale attests...
Katie Chew27-Sep-2006 01:03
Great shot!
lou_rozensteins26-Sep-2006 23:05
It's a great shot ..... i like the light and details.
Brinn MacDougall26-Sep-2006 21:50
great timing and story line..v
Guest 26-Sep-2006 21:39
Very nice shot Bryan, Gimpy looks good!
Deborah Lewis26-Sep-2006 21:13
Great capture - good luck to Gimpy!
J. Scott Coile26-Sep-2006 19:26
Pretty close even at 400 mm ;)
Liz Bickel26-Sep-2006 16:49
Another good one!
Bryan Murahashi26-Sep-2006 15:32
Fabulous capture of this giant bear and his instinct to survive.
Kathy Pedersen26-Sep-2006 15:02
Beautitul capture~ Vote
Bob Foisel26-Sep-2006 14:51
Nice capture and good to hear the rest of the story.
carol j. phipps26-Sep-2006 13:53
Wonderful capture. What a sight.
Herb Knufken26-Sep-2006 12:46
Nice image
Karen Stuebing26-Sep-2006 10:24
Fantastic wildlife capture. Love the light and shadow and the sense of motion. V.