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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Grizzly Bear

I took these photos of this magnificent grizzly bear yesterday (November 14). The bear was at the side of the #1 highway between Lake Louise, Alberta and Field, British Columbia. I have never seen a more beautiful, big and healthy wild grizzly before. It was a dream come true.

*Update: I recently learned the sad truth about why this grizzly was on the railway tracks. The reason is grain. Railway cars leak grain. The containers are poorly designed and often loose their entire load of grain by the time they reach the coast. The cost of this leakage is death for the bears. Most bears in BC and Alberta loose their lives to trains. The only reason is that they migrate towards the tracks to eat the spilled grain. Don't you think it is time we designed better grain cars? Is a grizzlies life worth nothing to our government?

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8 Comments:

Blogger Sandra said...

Great pictures of the bear. Wow is he huge!

November 16, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Melissa Mix Hart said...

He really was huge. I couldn't believe it when I saw him at the side of the highway,with his silver-tipped fur he looked at first like a mountain gorilla!

November 16, 2010 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Miranda said...

YOU LUCKY ~!@#$$&^#&$&^!!!!!


I am SO jealous! She's GORGEOUS!!!!

November 16, 2010 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Johan said...

Did you notice that he has a green tag in his ear? Wonder what that means. Great pictures.

And Miranda: there is of course a slight possibility that this is a male.

November 16, 2010 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Johan said...

Oh, I forgot. There appears to be a transmitter of sorts in his/her other ear - notice the antenna. Or else it is a miniature wine bottle...

November 16, 2010 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Melissa Mix Hart said...

Yes, it was a thrill of a life time for me, photographing this magneificent beast. And I did not have to leave the van. Although I was so excited, my hands were shaking and I could barely get my zoom lens on!
I call it a he becasue of the fact it was obviously a full adult and had no cubs with it--they would most likely be getting ready for winter togethe, if it were a female with cubs. And the poor darling has obviously been tagged to the hilt by parks people or scientists. I imagine all those tags would be annoying to the bear.

November 16, 2010 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger theresa_hart said...

I don't know, but I think she looks like a girl - maybe a young girl that has no babies yet?

November 16, 2010 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Melissa Mix Hart said...

Hi again!
Thi particular bear was massive. I've seen many a grizzly--a few in the wild and some in zoos. This was the biggest by far. So, perhaps this indicates it is an older bear and perhaps a male. I know females tend not to be quite as large as they are so busy looking after and feeding their little ones. It's hard to tell the size from my pic but trust me--he or she (my guess is a male) is HUGE!

November 17, 2010 at 9:08 AM  

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