Grizzly Cubs Going for a Swim in Athabasca River
These Grizzly Cubs are looking good after hibernation. Here they go for a Swim in Athabasca River, moving around quite a bit early in the season. Athabasca River is not yet high or too powerful as we have not had very many hot days, forcing fast Spring Mountain runoff. The Grizzly Cubs were newborns in 2019, now 3 years old and with one less sibling than last summer. The Grizzly Siblings could have parted ways due to Male/Female differences being more evident, which is common as they become this age.
First encounter with a special Grizzly Mother and her newborn cubs this year.
Our First encounter with a special Grizzly Mother and her newborn cubs this year. She is such a patient and well tempered Grizzly sow and we are now lucky enough to witness her with her second set of Cubs over the last several years. It was an exciting day as we were not certain she was okay over the Winter, but clearly she was. Grizzly Bears produce only two or three cubs every three years and their survival rate is unfortunately very low. Everyone in this location of Canada's Rockies will be Cheering this family on in 2020!
Beautiful Spring Grizzly Bear Family
A Beautiful Spring Grizzly Bear Family known very well, captivates us with some quiet peaceful time.
Grizzly Family Finds Elk Carcass
An amazing Grizzly Family well known in this area, find an Elk Carcass that supplied nutrient dense food for them for about a week. This Grizzly Sow has been an incredible educator to so many people as she raises several sets of Cubs in a space shared by people in Nature. Sorry for the Atmospheric Distortion. Those of you who have been with us for some time may remember this.. we've done what we could to increase the quality and flow as we were using a lot of digital zoom with older equipment in the evenings during these memorable encounters. No other Bears challenged this Grizzly family, but several eagles and coyotes visited the carcass at times. This Mother Grizzly and 2 different sets of Cubs can be seen in many of our videos over the last several years.
Grizzly Family Feeds on Elk Carcass
The second part of An amazing Grizzly Family well known in this area feeding on an Elk Carcass that supplied nutrient dense food for them for about a week. This Grizzly Sow has been an incredible educator to so many people as she raises several sets of Cubs in a space shared by people in Nature. The Cubs of the Year even show quite an interest in this meat now, after observing Mum for a couple days. We have done what we could to increase the quality and flow as we were using a lot of digital zoom in the evenings during these memorable encounters. No other Bears challenged this Grizzly family for the elk carcass. This Mother Grizzly and 2 different sets of Cubs can be seen in many of our videos over the last several years.
(Ursus arctos) GRIZZLY BEAR, BROWN BEAR
How large are Jasper Alberta's Grizzly Bears?
- Mass: 100 to 780 kg
Length: to 2.4 m (8 feet)
- Wildlife living area: tundra, taiga, temperate forest & rainforest
Range: Ursus arctos(Grizzly Bears) range in small numbers in Alaska and western Canada and possibly northern Mexico. Also in eastern Siberia and Hokkaido, and from western Europe and Palestine to the Himalayan region, and possibly the Atlas Mountains of northwest Africa.
Where do Grizzly Bears Live?
Grizzly Cub of the Year in Hyperphagia
The Fall months witness Grizzly Bears eating and drinking almost nonstop to put on weight in preparation for winter hibernation. During this stage called "hyperphagia", Grizzly Bears may consume ten times as many calories as they need during the spring and summer if they are going to den up in good condition. This shows the same Grizzly Bear Family as they were this past July and now much larger during hyperphagia, very actively digging for what we think might be tubers. Large amounts of water are needed to process these large amounts of food and rid the body of nitrogenous waste.
After hyperphagia, when metabolic processes start to change in preparation for hibernation, Grizzly Bears eat less but continue to drink to purge body wastes. Resting 22 or more hours per day just before hibernation(often near water), sleeping heart rates begin to fall from 66-80 beats per minute to less than 22 beats per minute.
Cute Grizzly Cubs Learning to Climb
These two Cute Grizzly Cubs of the Year are seen here working on their tree climbing skills.
Grizzly Cubs of the Year Playing and Exploring Canada's Rockies
Grizzly Bear Cubs of the Year Playing and Exploring Canada's Rockies in 2020. These two Grizzly cubs are so entertaining to watch while they Play. Cubs of the year mainly focus on three things.. Mother's milk, exploring/learning, and Play!
Grizzly Mum and her Tiny New Explorers
A Favorite local Grizzly Mum with her New Cubs as they begin to explore their surroundings just out of hibernation.
Rare Moments with an Amazing Grizzly Bear Family
This Grizzly Bear Family with an incredible temperament is well loved in this area of Canada's Rockies. Just about to embark on Grizzly Bear mating season, Mum will have to deal with more Boars entering the area, threatening the safety of her cubs. One Boar has already been pursuing this Family over the last several days. We were very lucky to have some rare moments with this amazing Grizzly Family before they may have to disappear as mating season adjusts the mood.
Big Grizzly Cubs as Newborns and Leaving Mum Today
A Rare occurrence.. Grizzly Bear Cubs from Newborns to Sub-Adults. It's very rare for Grizzly Bear Cubs to make it this far, and especially 3 Siblings together. They just left their Mother a short time ago and are finding their space together. Here the Grown Cubs become separated, but never venture far as we witness them reunite late the next evening. Their exceptional noses prove to be their most powerful tool in keeping together. As a Unit, these Grizzly Bear Cubs stand a much better chance of survival.
Grizzly Bear Family as Evening Approaches
As evening approaches, these Grizzly Bear Cubs of the Year gradually slow down and become more affectionate with each other and Mum. These are typical signs near feeding and bedding down times for Grizzly families that are not stressed in nature.
Grizzly Bears Pairing Up during Mating Season
Identifying Grizzly Bear Mothers in care of Cubs of the Year
Grizzly Bear Mum with very Healthy Newborn Cub First Appears
Grizzly Bear Mum tends to her nutritional needs while the healthiest newborn Bear Cub(cub of the year) we have seen makes a first appearance. Unfortunately, this grizzly cub does not have a sibling to play and "practice" with, but it shows the benefits of the food advantage a single cub has. This grizzly bear cub is not only very well fed, but seems to be very relaxed close to Mum.
Big Grizzly Mum After Losing her Cub
This was the first encounter with this big Grizzly Bear Sow after she lost her cub of the year. It was tough to find out as the cub appeared to be the biggest and healthiest cub of the year we have ever seen. Many are looking forward to seeing this Grizzly Mum have offspring again next year as she is so healthy herself.
30,000 Berries a Day Diet - Grizzly Bear
This Grizzly may be able to pick and eat 30,000 Berries a Day. Grizzly Bears' sensitive, mobile lips gather berries quickly and swallow them whole. The seeds then pass through their digestive tract unbroken and able to germinate, spreading the seeds of their favorite berries all over their home ranges. Notice how the bushes stay completely intact for future growth. Berry season has become an important period of weight gain for Grizzlies in the Canadian Rockies that starts in July.
Big Grizzly Family Hunting for Elk Babies
We initially thought this was a well known family, but it turned out to be a very gifted muscular Mum and Cubs(1 year older than the cubs we knew) that we had not previously witnessed. At this particular time, this Grizzly family was focused on the calories from Elk babies. This is a much different behavior than Grizzlies munching on dandelions or grass and roots. We knew there was at least two Elk babies that they missed here, which shows some incredible luck and deficiencies. Apparently, Grizzly bears have a nose that is 7 times more effective that a bloodhound. If true, the Elk babies they passed by were truly of no scent.