Mother grizzly warning a transient male to back away from the salmon she'd secured for her three cubs. The fight was short, loud and mostly show. Grizzlies avoic striking each other unless it's a fight to the death, as their claws can inflict fatal wounds in a single blow if necessary.
An Admiralty Island bear menacing two others away from food in the dump in Angoon. The relatively stable balance of two grizzlies taking the tastiest treats from the dump was upset by the arrival of this alpha male the day before this photo was taken. July 2010.
Three year old bear brothers - surviving twins - playing in the tidal marsh grass of the Knight Inlet in British Columbia. Our little band had a 90 minute encounter with these bears, their mother and the twins from another mother that she adopted when their mother abandoned them...Grizzly bear society can be brutal. Grown males occasionally kill cubs in order to send the mothers into estrus so that they can mate with the mothers and sire their own cubs. Fierce mothers defend their cubs in claw-flashing, teeth biting skirmishes that can have dire consequences. Cubs hid from any male not their father - we her two adopted yearing cubs hiding 20 feet up in a spindly treetop. And any grizzly catching a salmon is subject to the tax of the dominant male who may find it easier to rob a smaller bear of its fish than to catch their own...#challengeonnaturephotography #grizzly #bear #knightinlet #britishcolumbia #naturephotography #brothers