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Jul 02, 2015 19:19 |  #1

I've been to Katmai 2x and had a blast. I have been to yellowstone and saw one grizzly far away thru a scope. i have seen grizzlies far away in glacier national park.

but i am looking to photograph grizzlies in other parts of the USA. any one have any good spots to go? thanks!

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Jul 03, 2015 15:08 |  #2

Lake Clarke is high on my bucket list. Danny Green has some excellent images from there scroll down to both Nov 2014 and Sept 2013 entries on his blog (external link).


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Jul 09, 2015 04:39 |  #3

I've seen grizzlies very close in Yellowstone. You're either going the wrong time of year or not going to the right spots.


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Jul 09, 2015 06:31 |  #4

i know you've been to Alaska but the Anan bear observatory is pretty amazing if you haven't been there. Since I was there they even added a blind. Ever taken photos of bears with an 85mm lens




  
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Jul 09, 2015 19:05 |  #5

Anan bear observatory is on my list. did you do the 1 day trip or did you get the cabin and stay multiple days?

Rik, i was in yellowstone from May 31-June 10th. there were three somewhat close grizzly sightings. my friend is a ranger there and would text me with updates of what animals were being seen.

i was told most had headed to higher elevation due to exceptionally warmer temps.

but who knows.


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Jul 09, 2015 22:52 |  #6

I was just there for a day. Remarkable.




  
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Jul 09, 2015 22:58 |  #7

Denali, Alaska!




  
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Jul 12, 2015 17:51 |  #8

Early June is a bit on the late side for prime grizzly viewing. Besides the possibility of high temperatures, there is also the problem of heavy traffic that can make viewing problematic. For prime grizz viewing in Yellowstone, I recommend early May.


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Jul 12, 2015 21:07 as a reply to  @ RikWriter's post |  #9

maybe next year. thinking about going back in september, would you say that is a good time?


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Jul 13, 2015 08:36 |  #10

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maybe next year. thinking about going back in september, would you say that is a good time?

It depends. The grizz are still out and beginning to get into hyperphagia before going into hibernation. However, you sometimes get unseasonably warm temperatures which force the bears to higher elevations. April through the first half of May are usually so productive because there is usually still a lot of snow on the ground which forces the bears to lower elevations where you have a better chance of photographing them.


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Jul 13, 2015 08:37 |  #11

well dang, where can i go photograph grizzlies in september?


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Jul 13, 2015 09:19 |  #12

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well dang, where can i go photograph grizzlies in september?

Best places in the park at that time are up around the Dunraven pass or else hiking in the Pelican Valley or sometimes out the east entrance towards Pahaska Teepee.


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Jul 13, 2015 22:31 |  #13

Any other good spots besides yellowstone area for sept?


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Jul 14, 2015 06:39 |  #14

I don't know. Alaska, I am sure, has many spots that are good then, but I've never been to Alaska in September.


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Jul 23, 2015 23:39 |  #15

September in Alaska was awesome for me,both in Denali and along the coast. You need to be in Denali the 1st half of the month, weather can close it down by the 15th. Grizzlies are eating berries at lower elevations and preparing for the fast approaching winter, I was there on Sept 12th and snow mixed with freezing rain was falling that evening as we made our way out from Wonder Lake.


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