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GTNP's Favorite Grizzly Bear

 
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Jun 30, 2011 13:22 |  #1
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Beloved and famous Grand Teton Grizzly Bear Sow 399 and new set of triplet cubs made their debut yesterday to the delight of many.

399 gained her identity in 2001 when, as a five-year-old sow, she was caught in a research trap and fitted with a special collar that emitted signals. During the summer of 2004, 399 had a single cub, but the youngster disappeared, probably from a deadly encounter with an adult male grizzly which are known to kill cubs because sow grizzlies with cubs do not breed.

After losing her collar in May 2005 399 was recaptured and collared again. In late November of that year, she denned up in the Teton Wilderness north of Grand Teton National park for hibernation. The following spring, she emerged with three cubs in tow. Almost immediately, the four-hundred-pound grizzly sow and cubs drew large crowds. They became a sensation, unlike any Jackson Hole grizzly in modern memory.

We photographers and wildlife watchers of Jackson Hole and Yellowstone who have assumed the role of amateur cognitive ethologogists have concluded that 399’s predilection for frequenting areas rife with humans may be purposeful. Our ethological-projection is merely guesswork by amatures but we surmise that 399 has determined that as annoying as we humans are, we are not dangerous. Male grizzlies steer clear of human congestion therefore conjested national park habitat may be safer than truly wild grizzly habitat.

399 is remarkably attentive, passing on the instincts of survival taught by her mother and necessary to survive in a crowded human world. One of the cubs of her 2006 litter now has two cubs of her own this spring and is roaming another part of Grand Teton National Park where she is frequently seen.

All the cubs 399 delivered in 2006 reached adulthood, which is a statistical anomaly, which rarely happens in nature. Grizzly sow 399 my know what she is doing.

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Jun 30, 2011 13:46 |  #2

Saw these on YNET - loved them then too. May I ask, as I will be out there next week, where in the Tetons they were taken and time of day she likes to appear?


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Jun 30, 2011 15:12 |  #3

one of my favorite animals to see in their natural setting. nice shots, thanks for sharing




  
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Jul 01, 2011 03:36 |  #4

nicely done Daryl




  
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Jul 01, 2011 03:39 as a reply to  @ kmunroe's post |  #5

Very nice set here. Beautiful shots.


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Jul 01, 2011 14:14 |  #6

neat series




  
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Jul 01, 2011 14:52 |  #7

Great story and pictures! Glad they are all well and maybe smarter than we think!!
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Jul 04, 2011 07:33 as a reply to  @ pttenn's post |  #8

I couldn't image more beautiful shots. Great stuff!


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Jul 08, 2011 20:13 |  #9
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huntersdad wrote in post #12683929 (external link)
Saw these on YNET - loved them then too. May I ask, as I will be out there next week, where in the Tetons they were taken and time of day she likes to appear?

Look for the sows with cubs mostly around willow flats by the dam. also up towards pilgrim creek and coulter bay.


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Jul 11, 2011 13:58 |  #10

Excellent set and great dialogue. You deserve all the KUDOS you get.


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Jul 11, 2011 15:54 |  #11

Fantastic shots!


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Aug 03, 2011 20:43 |  #12

Great set, I'll be there in two weeks!!!!!


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Aug 03, 2011 21:45 |  #13

Is there any truth to the crazy new Teton National Park rules against viewing/shooting bears? The article is here: http://trib.com …d4-9acb-d2510f23279e.html (external link)




  
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Aug 03, 2011 22:09 |  #14
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Auburnu008, Yes, you can't have your car closer than 100 yards from a bear or wolf. So if you plan on photographing bears I would go to Yellowstone instead as you can't get a decent photo from 100 yards.


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Aug 04, 2011 07:40 |  #15

WOW!


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