Black Bear Cub of the Year (“COY”), Yellowstone National Park

Photo of a cub of the year ("COY"), also known as a spring cub, walks through tall grass.

“Hey Mom, Wait Up!”

This is a good time to be in Yellowstone to see bear cubs.  While I enjoy photographing all cubs, the spring cubs, also known as cubs of the year, or “COYs,” are the cutest.  Spring cubs are tiny.  How tiny?  I think of them as footballs with legs.

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About Jim Coda

I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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8 Responses to Black Bear Cub of the Year (“COY”), Yellowstone National Park

  1. Ken Peterson says:

    Hi Jim,
    A Great photo of the “COY”. Glad to see you are shooting some bears, spring has been slow to come to YNP, not much was going early like last year. Get lots of good shots, and stay safe.

    Ken Peterson from Wyoming
    we met last year several times (Winnebago Motorhome)

  2. Pat Ulrich says:

    This is so wonderful, Jim! What an adorable cub! Looks like this one wandered pretty close to you.

  3. Alan says:

    Such a great picture Jim. Looks like you didn’t make it to the park this spring either. I heard that this May wasn’t as action packed as last May was.

  4. Michele says:

    Adorable Jim! We are heading therre on Monday in hopes of seeing cubs… Any areas you recommend? We will only be there for 4-5 days..

    • Jim Coda says:

      Thanks Michele. Grizzlies could be anywhere. Ask around when you get there. The Tower area is great for black bears and their cubs.

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