Photographing Grizzly Bears
03 Mar 2015
Historically, April and May are the best months for Photographing Grizzly Bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. As the snow melts and the temperatures begin to climb, the bears emerge from a long hibernation. Although we have had some unseasonably warm weather and there have been confirmed sightings of Grizzlies already out in Yellowstone, http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/11/us-usa-grizzlies-yellowstone-idUSKBN0LF05N20150211 , I expect that the region will receive some more snow and that the majority of the bears will emerge in early April. Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks offer some great locations where the Grizzlies have tended to concentrate in the spring; just off the roads so I’ve been able to photograph them while having the safety of my SUV nearby. The bears tend to stay in these areas for a few weeks, grazing on exposed grasses and looking for carcasses of Elk and Bison.
I’m very fortunate to reside in an area that has such an abundance of wildlife, and photographing Grizzly bears is an absolute, singular thrill. I hope that you can join me this Spring when the bears are most accessible, as there is nothing more exciting than observing these true symbols of the American wilderness.