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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bear photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-24 17:17
Viewed: 3793
Points: 20
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Hi Everyone,
This black bear cub became inquisitive as to what we were doing in our truck, so he climbed a tree and had a look in. His mom and sibling were eating grass at the base of the tree. He would duck behind the tree and then look around again, it was cute.

Black Bear
This uniquely North American bear may be seen at any time, day or night. It occupies a range usually of to 10 square miles (20Ė25 sq km), although sometimes up to 15 square miles (40 sq km). The home range of the male is about double the size of that of the female. The Black Bear typically walks with a shuffling gait, but in its bounding trot it attains surprising speed, with bursts up to 30 mph (50 km/h). A powerful swimmer, it also climbs trees, either for protection or food. Although this animal is in the order Carnivora, most of its diet consists of vegetation, including twigs, buds, leaves, nuts, roots, fruit, corn, berries, and newly sprouted plants. In spring, the bear peels off tree bark to get at the inner, or cambium, layer. It rips open bee trees to feast on honey, honeycombs, bees, and larvae, and will tear apart rotting logs for grubs, beetles, crickets, and ants. A good fisher, the Black Bear often wades in streams or lakes, snagging fish with its jaws or pinning them with a paw. It rounds out its diet with small to medium-size mammals (including the young of deer, Elk, and Moose) or other vertebrates.
In the fall, the bear puts on a good supply of fat, then holes up for the winter in a sheltered place, such as a cave, crevice, hollow tree or log, under the roots of a fallen tree, or in a den that the bear excavates. In the Hudson Bay area, Black Bears will sometimes den in a snowbank. Excrement is never found in the Black Bear's wintering den. The bear stops eating a few days before retiring, but then consumes roughage, such as leaves, pine needles, and bits of its own hair. These pass through the digestive system and form an anal plug, up to 1 foot (30 cm) long, which is voided when the bear emerges in the spring.
Sows mate during their third year, with most producing one tiny cub the first winter, two or three on subsequent breedings. While the mother sleeps in the den, the almost naked newborns nestle into her fur. The mother often lies on her back or side to nurse, but sometimes sits on her haunches, with cubs perched on her lap, much like human infants; they may nurse for about a year. The female Black Bear is not receptive to males while nursing.
This bear is mainly solitary, except briefly during the mating season and when congregating to feed at streams, on large carcasses, and at dumps. Bears are often a problem around open dumps, becoming dangerous as they become habituated to human foods; occasionally people have been killed by them. Hunting Black Bears is a popular sport in some areas, both for the flesh (which must be well cooked because of trichinosis) and the hides, used for rugs. The helmets of Great Britainís Buckingham Palace guards are made of the Black Bearís fur.
from eNature.com

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Wonderful shot of this guy with the golden snout. You got good focus on everything including the paw claws. Very nice shot. Trevor

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2010-05-24 19:38]

Hello Rick !
Another super photo from you ! Once again I must say to you: you are a lucky man!!! So go on sharing yours marvelous pictures from the wild life.I thankyou so much !
Love from,

Hello Rick

Awesome close up.
The detail is wonderful.
Excellent eye contact.
Great job.


Good Morning Rick:)

This is realy cute! Loved his curious facial expression.
Awesome shot MF!
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-24 22:20]

Hello Rick,
I guess if one vits Yellowstone one can hardly avoid seeing these charming rogues!
This is a great capture of a Black bear cub. I like the pose by the tree trunk taken from a great frontal POV and the eye contact is superb.
Thanks for sharing this cutie Rick,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-25 10:22]

Hello Rick,
Excellent and very beautiful photo of this young Black Bear. Very nice pose in fantastic sharp details. Beautiful natural colours and DOF.

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-05-25 11:04]

Hi Rick,

You certainly captured that cub's inquisitive look very well! I wonder how old it is? Those claws look like they're a good size. The details and colours of the tree trunk, and the cub's fur and facial features are terrific. Having your camera at eye level provided an engaging view of the cub. Thanks for another glimpse of the wildlife at Yellowstone!


hello Rick

this it is a wonderful photo of the black bear cub
and WOW look at his paws ! a very fine frontal POV,
beautiful expression of his glance, fine focus
excellent sharpness and details of its fur, TFS


Hello Rick,
Wonderful picture of this young bear taken with good details and natural colors. Well done!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-29 3:04]

Hello Rick,
veru nice portrait of the bear with big and wide nose. Very sharp and clear details and features.
Very cute baby and the fur is well shown too.
I like this simple facial expression that fits your decription of being inquisitive.


cela doit Ítre superbe de croiser un ours ainsi;un beau cadrage sur sa tÍte avec la patte et griffe sur le tronc d'arbre, une capture saisissante

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