2022—Mama Bear

Mama Bear has just crossed a stream in the meadow. Her three cubs are out of view in this image, behind her on the other side of the water scrambling to keep up as she headed directly toward us. This was our second day with Mama and her cubs. She actually accepted our presence because our behavior told her we were not a threat. She was very attentive to her cubs, letting them forage but always seeming to know exactly where they were. The cubs knew it was safe with Mama and at the slightest uncertainty, they were at her side, staying there until it was safe to venture away again.