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30-JUN-2008 copyright Elizabeth Bickel


Mama Grizzly Bear with her Spring Cubs

The first year of life for a Grizzly Bear is not an easy one. About 40% of Grizzly Cubs will never see their first birthday. Unfortunately, a fairly high cub mortality rate still continues even after that - until cubs are able to survive on their own. Sadly it is not unusual for many mothers to lose their entire litter of 2 to 3 cubs during the 2 1/2 to 3 years they are together. This may be why Mother Grizzlies have such a high instinct to protect their young. The mom in this photo was extremely protective of her babies. She would only come out into the meadow at dusk. Always on the alert, she also did her best to stay a long distance away from any other living creature - especially other bears. If she could see another bear, she would instantly run with the cubs in tow.

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Carl Carbone11-Jun-2017 22:26
Nature can be harsh, even for those who know how to live in it! Sweet capture of this family.
January Grey01-Dec-2008 06:38
Fascinating, and sad information. This image should be on a storybook cover! An amazing capture, Liz! V~
Alina23-Nov-2008 12:48
fantastic :) v
carol j. phipps20-Nov-2008 04:22
Magnificient sight! Thanks for sharing the information, too. V
Marco Valk19-Nov-2008 18:16
great shot of this grizz family in their natural environment. gmv
Peter Stahl19-Nov-2008 00:48
What a great composition and setting. They are so beautiful to see roaming carefree in the wild. GMV.
Silvia Roitman18-Nov-2008 21:21
very very nice!!!
Jonathan Popp18-Nov-2008 15:05
This is such a touching picture. It brings out the "Love of Family"
Truly outstanding work Liz.
Ceya18-Nov-2008 07:18
Sweet family portrait - two little bears following Mama - big dangerous world around them.. Beautiful find, well captured! V
CIS18-Nov-2008 05:17
A rare family sad that there is such a high mortality rate.
Marcia Colelli18-Nov-2008 04:46
wonderful capture, such a sad story. V
Tom Munson18-Nov-2008 03:49
This is wonderful, Liz. These tiny little one need protecting. v
Carol Breton18-Nov-2008 03:07
Terrific capture Liz. A very beautiful Nature scene in all ways. Sad truth though. V
deborahcuming18-Nov-2008 02:52
the overall scene is just fabulous! love seeing the whole 'tribe'! BV
Monique Laguë18-Nov-2008 00:38
A very great capture.
Love this. v
estralita18-Nov-2008 00:27
Motherly love. v
Jean-Luc Rollier17-Nov-2008 23:05
Really beautiful Liz! And so cute!
SageCreek Images17-Nov-2008 23:03
Excellent capture of the family..voted
marie-jose wolff17-Nov-2008 20:41
what a nice family image! V
Mairéad17-Nov-2008 19:00
Beautiful family group. V
john savage17-Nov-2008 18:32
Way too cute! BV
Adeline17-Nov-2008 18:22
Nicely captured Liz. Composition is outstanding. V.
Bryan Murahashi17-Nov-2008 17:53
FAbulous family photo. V
Hank Vander Velde17-Nov-2008 13:31
Beautifully captured Liz. Great info too. Big Vote.
Monte Stevens17-Nov-2008 13:07
What a great image. Looks like all of their front feet are just off the ground, all synced up. I also like the open meadow as it lets us know about their world and even thought they are large animals they are small compared to their environment. Well done, again!
Larry Peterson17-Nov-2008 12:10
Awesome capture, Liz. What a beautiful sight. V
Sofia Solomennikova17-Nov-2008 10:07
Ohhh so nice to see them in movement and happy together! V
Patricia Kay17-Nov-2008 08:32
Beautiful capture Liz and its good to read about the childhood years.....V
Gérard Koehl17-Nov-2008 07:25
Wow... magnifique scène. Big vote