A Black Bear Protects an Elk Carcass, Yellowstone National Park

Photo of cinnamon black bear lying on elk carcass.

“This one’s mine.”

The road over Dunraven Pass opened May 29.  I didn’t know the pass had been cleared until yesterday.  As I began the drive over it from Tower to Canyon I quickly saw a bunch of cars parked.  It turns out the day the pass opened some people found a wolf kill of an elk.  By the time I came along most of the carcass had been consumed and a cinnamon black bear was in possession of it.  One wolf came by and the bear was able to keep possession.  I proceeded over Dunraven Pass to Canyon and didn’t see anything of interest.


Spring Cubs at Play
Photo of two black bear spring cubs.

Spring Cubs at Play

In my previous post I overstated my case when I said bears were getting hard to find because they weren’t spending all their time feeding on grass, but were taking advantage of elk calving.  There isn’t an elk calf (or other prey species) around every turn for the bears so they haven’t completely stopped eating grass.  I photographed these cubs yesterday.  They were playing king of the hill while their mother grazed on grass.  I’m 99 per cent sure they’re the same cubs that were in an earlier blog because they are in  the same location.  I still haven’t seen an elk calf.  I also haven’t seen any badgers.  I’ve seen a lot of other critters though.  One thing I’m amazed at is how many mountain bluebirds I’ve seen and photographed.


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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2 Responses to A Black Bear Protects an Elk Carcass, Yellowstone National Park

  1. Linda says:

    Still enjoying your photos and your accounts of what you’ve been seeing! Thanks!!

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