The Great Bear

Grizzly bear sow photo, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

A large adult grizzly bear sow (female) walks along the edge of Naknek Lake, fall coors behind her, Katmai National Park, Alaska. Please click on the image to view a larger version on the photo.

Hey Folks,

A grizzly bear photo from my trip to Katmai National Park and Preserve last fall. This grizzly old sow is one of the larger females I’ve seen …. most folks think she’s a boar. It’s a real treat to be able to return to a place like Katmai and see the same individual animals I’ve seen and photographed before. I’m hoping this big bear has some young cubs when I return there in September this year.

‘The Great Bear’ is just one of the names commonly given to the grizzly bear by Native Americans. A closeup look at this sow suggests why. She’s awesome.



3 thoughts on “The Great Bear

  1. Pete Zwiers

    Hey Carl,

    Great looking bear – hard to believe that’s a female from the photo.

    Hope the spring & summer weather is kind to you folks up there. El Nino years usually mean a nice hot & dry spring/summer for us down here – so the backpacking should be sweet! No Alaska for us this year – we’re thinking the Gates for sure in August 2011 though. Getting a hankering to see some caribou (watched ‘Being Caribou’ a few times this past winter). 🙂

    – Pete

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