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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

One step off of the top of the charts for Grizzlies,(The Kodiak Griz sets the standard for size), the Coastal Griz can top 700 pounds and stand over 6 feet tall...............Salmon is truly a "species of interest and impact" allowing the Coastal and Kodiak to feast on a protein source that just is not available to inland Grizzlies...............19 beautiful photos of this immense Bear for your viewing pleasure!

Coastal grizzly bears enjoy the salmon run
These bears are big for a reason: they eat a lot. Check out these photos captured in the summer, when salmon swim up river to their spawning grounds and brown bears enjoy the biggest feast of the year.

Jaymi Heimbuch;

grizzly bear in stream
All photos: Jaymi Heimbuch
Massive. Powerful. Fast.
The coastal grizzly bear of Alaska is one of the largest subspecies of brown bear with males growing to more than 700 pounds and standing more than 6 feet tall. The only subspecies that grows larger is the famed Kodiak bear. The secret to the size of coastal brown bears is fairly simple: they eat — a lot. With an incredible sense of smell and a broad diet, coastal grizzlies can feast on anything from grasses and berries to clams and salmon, their most famous food source. Salmon is a protein and fat source that grizzlies living farther inland don't have access to, which means they can't grow as large as their cousins living along the ocean's edge.
During the late summer, as salmon are coming in from the sea and swimming up rivers to spawning grounds, coastal grizzlies enjoy the biggest feast of the year. Splashing through rivers chasing fish, coastal grizzlies gorge on salmon to store up as much fat for winter as possible. This is one of the best times of year for these bears, and witnessing their feasts (and food comas) is quite the experience. Enjoy these images of coastal grizzly bears in the middle of the salmon runs in Alaska's Katmai National Park.
grizzly on river bank
Coastal grizzly with mountains in background
coastal grizzly with salmon in mouth
coastal grizzly close-up
coastal grizzly in the river waves with salmon
grizzly gallops through water
grizzly sleeps after feeding
bear looks into the camera
grizzly eats a salmon
grizzly snoozes with bird in foreground
grizzly walks
wet grizzly bear in profile
grizzly bear in the grass
grizzly bear snoozes in the sand
grizzly scratches its ear with back paw
wet grizzly gallops
Long view of two grizzly bears
grizzly bear seen from behind with mountains in background

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