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Headed Toward My Porch
12-JUL-2007 copyright Elizabeth Bickel

Headed Toward My Porch

Brooks Camp

This photo brings back memories from last summer. Having forgotten my bug spray and sun screen, I was on the way back to my cabin when I almost ran head first into this large sow calmly walking down the road. My cabin was the closest one on the far left. Mrs. Griz must have decided that she liked it because she stopped and sat on front of the porch for almost 15 minutes. So I had to wait to get inside. This female was considered a "problem bear" because she was becoming habituated. Even repeat hazing with rubber bullets by the rangers would not keep her out of camp. Not only was she determined to not leave, but she was also teaching her two cubs to also ignore humans and hold their ground. However, when all is said & done, Brooks camp was built on the cross roads of heavy, wild Grizzly Bear activity going to and from the Brooks Falls. So we - the people -are the real intruders. Wild Grizzly Bears freely roam through camp nightly. So finding a bear on your porch first thing in the morning is not unusual. Nevertheless, most of the bears avoid the main road during peak daylight hours when human activity is high. However, the newest generations of bears have become bolder and scenes like this are becoming common. The rangers are on the scene only because Mrs Griz was in camp for a prolonged period of time and was thus considered a risk to the people. This bear was not merely casually passing through as her ancestors have done for generations. She felt the camp was hers and she could do whatever she wanted.
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yannick Beunard27-Jun-2008 09:04
A beautiful story ! ( and shot ! )
mathilda williams25-May-2008 20:14
it's a great capture, Liz, and you're right:
we are the intruders, not the bears. soon they will have
nowhere to roam anymore, like wolves in the wild in NJ.
we haven't had wolves roam in the wild in NJ for almost 100
years now. we still have many black bears living amongst us,
it's people who should be educated to not leave garbage
accessible and to stay out of the bears' way.
Mike Conroy Jnr25-May-2008 10:06
Love this shot - she's a beautiful bear!
Real nice to come across someone who understands why bears have become "trouble"
in the last few decades.

We've got black bears near us - we don't get to familiar with them and they leave us pretty much alone. But heh..... when it's tourist season - free food (yipee!!) so they all come down for a party and some stupid kid gets hurt. Then they demand a ranger go out and shoot the poor critters!

Mike :(
FrankB24-May-2008 04:50
wow what a shot...really enjoyed the story...and I'm sure you know that she could cover a lot of ground real quick if she had a mind to....V
Bob Foisel23-May-2008 20:58
Great story Liz. Love the image too. V.
Xavi Barneda23-May-2008 19:06
Superb caption % history! V!
Marco Valk23-May-2008 18:09
excellent shot; intruiging story. v
Jeff Waldorff23-May-2008 10:35
It is too bad that we have encroached on their territory. We also get black bears in our neighborhood that come across from the reservation. They simply have nowhere to go!
Tom Munson23-May-2008 03:26
Terrific image, Liz. I was at Brooks a few years ago, but I was fishing. V
Larry Peterson23-May-2008 03:25
Great shot Liz, Hope you had a very big lens. Wow! I am impressed. V
Guest 23-May-2008 02:55
Great Capture V
Alina22-May-2008 15:41
Great shot with the grizzly and troubled ranger. v
zyziza22-May-2008 12:27
Wow!!!! Great shot! v
Joanne Kamo22-May-2008 11:39
Fabulous image, Liz! I love the lighting on the bear. V
NealyBob22-May-2008 02:48
Great shot of the Grizzly bear in domestic surroundings~! v
estralita21-May-2008 14:43
A beautiful beast! What an adventure. v
Vince21-May-2008 13:17
A great capture. Very brave of you. Even the ranger is keeping his distance. Vote.
Carol Breton21-May-2008 13:05
An extraordinary experience Liz. I have to say I am with the bears on this you say, they were there first. I feel for them.
Wonderful image and story. Big Vote.
Sofia Solomennikova21-May-2008 11:51
A cute story, and so nice to find yourself so close to this symbol of Russia :) V
Fong Lam21-May-2008 11:31
Nice capture of this bear and you're very brave, Liz.
Ali Majdfar21-May-2008 07:36
WOW! Interesting story! great capture as well. GMV
Simon Chandler21-May-2008 06:55
Fantastic capture. Very unique and interesting. Too scary for me though. v
January Grey21-May-2008 06:34
That's ok, Mrs. can have my porch! And my camp! What an amazing story, Liz, and an equally amazing shot! Too bad they aren't gentle and sweet, eh? V~
Bryan Murahashi21-May-2008 06:08
Nice capture of the giant bear and our intrusion in her environment. V
Sam_C21-May-2008 05:18
Wow, that's a big one!! I've heard that this is becoming a big problem. Another great shot Liz! V
Peter Stahl21-May-2008 05:09
Amazing seeing them so close and not afraid of humans. Its actually scary. Cool capture Liz!
Gérard Koehl21-May-2008 04:38
Impressionnant cet ours qui s'approche des habitations, mais il est surveillé.
Robert Houde21-May-2008 04:36
A real nice encounter and you realy know about writing it. I had love to been there. Best to You Liz.
Matthew Mannell21-May-2008 04:23
Impressive girl, nice capture!
dane21-May-2008 03:29
An amazing story, Liz. You are a fine photo journalist. V
Hank Vander Velde21-May-2008 03:24
Neat image Liz. Sounds a bit scary to me to be walking around that camp.
Herb Knufken21-May-2008 02:54
Cool image
Bill Paige21-May-2008 02:50
Very cool
FotoJohn21-May-2008 02:10
Nice capture
Monte Dodge21-May-2008 02:03
WOW!!!! v
Michael Shpuntov21-May-2008 01:55
Wonderful image. Vote
john savage21-May-2008 01:18
Your bear shots are convincing me to go to brooks falls on our yearly trip to Alaska. Great images. V
Mindy McNaugher21-May-2008 01:11
Wow!! Great shot Liz! I'm not sure I'd be so calm finding a Grizzly on my porch! ;-) Vote!