Spring Brown Bear and Cub, Alaska #0187


Spring Brown Bear and Cub, #0187


In spring, an Alaska Brown Bear tends to its cub on the sedge flats near Silver Salmon Creek. within Lake Clark National Park. Brown bears typically have from one to three cubs, born in the den during mid-winter. The spring cubs emerging from the safety of the den are highly vulnerable to the predation of large male bears. Consequently, mother bears are protective of their cubs. Spring is also breeding season which brings male bears into contact with females but those accompanied by cubs avoid the big males. Small, cubs tend to stick close to their mother for safety but as they age begin to display an independence that sometimes puts them in peril from males and accidents such as river crossings or other hazards. This female may have had another cub or two but may have already lost them.

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