Fun Friday: A Beary Interesting Behavior




(I’m at the Lee’s Summit Art Festival this morning, setting up for a wonderful, fall art festival this weekend! In my absence, please enjoy an encore of my “Bears and Barnacles” post, which originally published in July 2011) Ok, so what do barnacles and bears have in common? Scientific and journalistic interest for one thing. […]

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Good At What They Do




From 2011, a blog post of fishing black bears, at one of my favorite Alaska destinations, Anan Creek. During the salmon runs, it is not uncommon to find many black bears lined up along, or even in, Anan Creek as they catch salmon: In today’s post, I’ll share some images made of black bears catching […]

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Bearly What I Expected!




I mentioned in a previous post that my bid to get some fall color photos along Minnesota’s North Shore was trumped by bad weather and an incorrect prediction of peak colors. But, as the saying goes, “When God closes one door, He opens another” certainly held true for me! After the North Shore portion of […]

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Fun Friday: Busted!




Today’s Fun Friday post comes from the shoreline along the Endicott Arm, in Alaska, during a 10-day boat trip in 2006. As we cruised the Endicott Arm, on our way to the Dawes Glacier, we saw several Black Bears (Ursus americanus) as they foraged along the shoreline. At one point, we came upon a sow […]

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Black Bear Tug-O-War




I’m taking a step backward today … just realized I didn’t post a short video from Anan Creek, so I’m going to post it today. When we were at Anan Creek, my daughter, Jami, shot this short (~1 minute) video of two adult black bears playing “Tug-O-War” with a salmon. As you can see from […]

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More Fishing Bears




And here’s one final posting on the black bears of Anan Creek. This series of images was taken as a black bear, directly below me, walked out into the creek and quickly caught a salmon as it rushed by:                 Still got lots of black bear images from […]

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Fishing Experts




In today’s post, I’ll share some images made of black bears catching fish at Anan Creek, during my recent Alaska trip. Bears are excellent fishing machines, both blacks and grizzlies. At Anan Creek, the creek was raging when we visited this year, due to the excessive amounts of rainfall that the Inside Passage received during […]

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Fun Friday: “That ‘No Fishing’ Sign? No, Mr. Ranger, I Haven’t Been Fishing!”




Today’s Fun Friday post comes from Anan Creek, Alaska, the location from where I’ve been posting the recent black bear images. When this big guy looked up at me, I couldn’t help but hear the title response from him! Doesn’t he have a guilty-looking face? Like the proverbial “caught with his hand in the cookie […]

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More Black Bear Cubs




Today I’m posting a few more images of the black bear cubs from Anan Creek, Alaska. Most of these images are of the two spring cubs that I featured in an earlier post. In this first image, mom is taking time out of her busy fishing schedule for a bit of family time with the […]

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Anan Creek 2011: There’s Salmon in Them Thar Trees!




Yesterday’s post featured a black bear family, sow with 2 spring cubs, seeking safety up a nearby tree when a black bear boar waddled into the area. Today’s post is a somewhat similar situation … a younger black bear (probably 2-3 years old) had just caught a salmon in Anan Creek:     After catching […]

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