Yellowstone’s Bears Have Disappeared

Well, not really.  It’s just that they’re not grazing on grass as much any more and thus not as easy to see.  Elk (and pronghorn and bighorn) are giving birth and the word is out.  Grass was OK when meat wasn’t readily available, but now that meat is available the bears don’t have to settle for grass.  They need the protein to survive.  As I was driving from Mammoth to Gardiner yesterday there was a traffic jam mid-way due to a black bear kill of an elk calf.  This can be unsettling when you experience it, but that’s nature and let’s not forget most of us eat meat and it’s not much different, except we rely mostly on others to do our bidding.

Photo of pronghorn doe nursing fawn.

Mom and Baby

I don’t have any photos of elk calves yet, but I saw this female pronghorn and her twins close to the Roosevelt Arch the past couple of days.  I’ve gotten attached to them from photographing them.  I hope they survive the next four days or so until then can keep up with mom.


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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7 Responses to Yellowstone’s Bears Have Disappeared

  1. Arnab China says:

    Amazing photo Jim. Just came back from Yellowstone after a four day trip. Luckily I could spot couple of Grizzlys. One near the Gibbon river between Noris and Madison and the other one one the way to Lamar valley. We also spotted few black bears. The best experience was near Tower fall on 28th, where a mother bear was playing with her two tiny cubs.

  2. Steve Creek says:

    I have been enjoying your Yellostone trip Jim. If you don’t mind my asking, where do you stay while at Yellowstone?

  3. Linda says:

    Adorable, Jim!

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