One Man's Alaska

Five bears and a caribou

May 19, 2007

Just to give you a little idea of the bears that I saw on the drive today (the drive that ended up in Stewart, BC), I'm attaching five different pictures of black bears I snapped along the way.

This is the first black bear I saw today, the first one of the entire trip:

My first black bear!

Then, 45 minutes later, I spotted these two bears on the left side of the road:

Two bears 45 minutes later

Thirty minutes later there was another bear. This is the first one that seemed angry to me.

The angry bear

Next, I was lucky to spot a bear low off the side of the road, and hung out with him for a while:

A bear low on the side of the road

The next bear looks like he has a big mouth, but he seemed pleasant enough:

Bear with a big mouth

And finally the woolly mammoth of the crew. By this time I knew I was running late and had seen many more bears than I'm showing here, so this was a drive-by photo:

A big furry bear

I think after a while, after you've seen 15+ bears and you're running late, you become something of a "bear snob". :) Actually, if I wasn't running late, I would have sat next to these guys as long as possible.

Oops, and I can't forget the one I think is a caribou. This was actually the first large animal I saw, about two miles before I saw the first bear. This guy was across a small pond, so I had to use both optical and digital zoom to get a decent picture of him.

Well, I *think* it’s a caribou

This reminds me that we used to have a Norwegian Elkhound, and a friend of ours used to always call her a "Caribou Hound". :)

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