“MINI” CATCHING DINNER

20121113-20100622-20080925-20080926-IMG_7722I didn’t just shoot this. I’ve decided that when I’ve been grounded (due to weather!) for longer than a week,I’m going to add a shot from the past.
I shot this back in Sept of 08 at Thornton Creek. I know this bear well & she allowed me to be close to her while she was searching for her dinner.
She is smaller than normal,so I called her “Mini”. She’s the best fishing bear down there! Very smart! Most bears stumble upon opportunities,but Mini looks for them!
Her cub’s each year are like her……..very small & very cute!
Mini was trying to draw her cub out from the it’s hiding spot in the forest. “Doodlebug” was watching Mum catch several fish over the course of the hour. Mini was bringing the fish over to Doodlebug with the intent of bringing it out in the open.
She was dropping the fish into a pile about 30 feet or so from the forests edge.
(you should understand that Cub’s has been protected by their Mothers all year from other animals! During the spawning season,it’s kind of like a “Debutantes Ball”,where the Cub’s are introduced to the rest of the bear world. They must get use to other bears being around.)
So “Doodlebug” came out slowly,sniffed one of the paralyzed fish & promptly picked it up in it’s mouth! Unfortunately the picking up awakened the fish & it shook violently, causing Doodlebug to run away & up a tree!
Live & learn!

4 thoughts on ““MINI” CATCHING DINNER

  1. Lovely shot, Wayne, and a delightful little story to go along with it. Thanks. It’ s a great idea to send along a shot from yesteryear when you cannot get out to do same today because of weather. I was quite happy to see the alert pop into my inbox. Thanks again! That is a bit of large salmon, isn’t it? Or …

  2. I love this one…great shot! I love the story about “Doodlebug”…just goes to show what you mentioned earlier about the bears getting frightened easily.

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