12 imagesThe Polar Bear is a large carnivorous bear that is found in the seas and land mass within and bordering the Arctic Circle. The Polar Bear is approximately the same size as the Kodiak bear with males weighing 750–1,600 lbs. The Polar Bear is adapted for cold weather with a body evolved for moving across snow, ice, and open water. Polar bears hunt their primary food source of seals from the edge of sea ice, living off fat reserves during the late spring and summer.
8 imagesI will always remember the first time I saw a grizzly bear in the wild. My wife and I had been observing a black bear with cubs in the Tower area of Yellowstone National Park. We noticed a gentlemen sitting in a camper taking notes and asked if he was reserching bears. His name was Jim Cole and he had written two books on Grizzly Bears. We mentioned that we had never seen a grizzly and Jim told us where he had seen a grizzly the previous day. He actually met us at the location, spotted the bear, and let us use his spotting scope for a closer look. It was an incredible experience and only gets better every time we see a bear.
3 imagesBlack Bears can be found in most of North America and vary in size based on habitat. We have been very fortunate to observe and photograph black bears in Yellowstone, Alaska, North Carolina and Georgia. We have spent full days watching the antics of single bears and mothers with cubs. A typical behavior for a mother with young cubs is to send them up a tree while she hunts for food. We learned that bears can climb trees like monkeys as we watched cubs scramble 30'-40' up a tree to wait for their mother. Always keep a safe distance from bears especially if they have a cub.