Bear lying on her back and feeding cub

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Being able to get close enough to photograph a large female brown bear feeding her cub in the Alaskan Wilderness is a fantastic experience. The brown bear is one of the largest bear species, and witnessing the tenderness and interaction between the two made the entire trip to Alaska worthwhile. 

There are several brown bear subspecies depending on where they live. In addition to the Alaskan brown bears in this photograph, there are Grizzly, European, Syrian, and Kodiak brown bear. From my experiences with the larger Alaskan and British Columbian spirit bears, I find them not aggressive to humans, even when close to their cubs. For more information on brown bears, there is an excellent National Geographic article.

Copyright: Dan Kosmayer
Image ID: 20666
File size: 11.8 MB 
Dimensions: 4360 x 3178 px | 300dpi
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