Adolescent Male Brown Bear

Adolescent Brown Bear, Lake Clark National Park, AlaskaIn total, I probably saw about 14 or so bears on my recent trip to Alaska. Most of them were mothers with cubs. But there were also several adolescent males around — too old to be with mom anymore, but too young to venture off deeper into the forest to compete with the older males, most of which had moved away from the coast in search of more salmon-rich rivers. The adolescent males that were around seemed to actually seek us out, preferring the safety associated with the presence of humans. This sweet young guy was hanging out very close to the lodge, content to stay put until it was time to go eat some more grass and attempt to catch some more fish.
Nikon D500 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 380mm) ISO 800, f/4 at 1/100th of a second

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  1. Rick Derevan November 1, 2017 at 1:41 am #

    It does seem very sweet!

  2. Sue November 1, 2017 at 1:49 am #

    What a bright-eyed young one! He is adorable.

  3. Peter Butterfield November 1, 2017 at 8:02 am #

    —– Waiting whats to be
    —– Comfortably neath a tree
    —– He’s our Huckleberry .

  4. Susan Rubeo November 1, 2017 at 11:11 am #

    You have to wonder how they survive on their own
    Sweet Picture shows the youth of bear , no wonder we have so many TeddyBears

    Aunt Sue

  5. Rachel Bellenoit November 1, 2017 at 11:14 am #

    What a sweet looking teenager!