A Beary Good Day in the Tetons, Part II
This is Blondie, a Mama bear with two two year old cubs, found grazing in Pilgrim Flats at the same time as Bear #399 and her two cubs were, a very rare occurrence.
A ranger told me that just a day ago, Bear #399 took exception to Blondie being in her territory and there was a bit of a row and #399 drove her from the area, obviously only temporarily.
Those two would appear to be pretty evenly matched, sizewise, but #399 is much older and is the more dominant bear, again, according to the ranger.
Blondie was constantly picking her head up and surveying the area to detect any sign of trouble from #399, who was on the other side of the highway, a couple hundred yards away.
As you can easily see, these bears collect quite a crowd of admirers. I would hazard a guess that at this time, an hour after I first arrived here, there must have been 200 people here with cars lining both sides of the road for a quarter mile or so.
The rangers and the bear control volunteers put out traffic cones to keep an area clear for the bears to cross the highway, the idea being that no vehicles, or people are allowed in the area protected by the cones.
But to the cubs, the cones are there for another purpose. The cubs were easily distracted by the discovery of a new plaything.
What are all those people staring at?
Mom hurries back to gather up her cubs and whisk them to safety, off the road and away from all those people.
But they are hesitant to leave behind their new discovery.
I would assume that I have just about used up all my luck concerning bear shots for this trip to the Tetons. Today was an exceptionally unusual day, two bears, each with cubs, on a sunny morning, doesn’t get much better than that!
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