This is a video compilation of three of Grand Teton National Park’s most popular bears of the summer season of 2011 (thus far).
All grizzlies have been seen along the roadsides of the park, thus adding to their lovable nature.
The first is a blonde grizzly that has eluded traps and so has simply been nicknamed both Butterball and Blondie. She’s gone from being very shy and timid of the crowds that gather to watch her, to much more passive recently. She’s a very beautiful and healthy bear and age guesses have ranged between three and five. She’s been consistently seen along the roadsides which has contributed to her being well-recognized, in addition to her gorgeous coat.
Next is Grizzly Bear #610 and her two cubs of the year. She is the daughter to the now internationally famous Grizzly Bear #399 and is following in her mother’s footsteps (so to speak) in roaming the same areas and displaying the same roadside behaviors. Earlier this season she was on an elk calf killing spree as she stayed healthy by consistently taking down a healthy amount, but also getting five in just two days. She’s been slightly more elusive than the other two despite her nearby lingering to roads.
Finally is the legend herself, Grizzly Bear #399. She’s now raising her second set of triplets, releasing the others on their own in 2008. Her fame grew from raising the original set of triplets right along Highway 89 in Grand Teton National Park giving as many people as possible a chance to view such a remarkable glimpse into nature that most would never get to see. She’s overcome adversity and won over the hearts of both locals and visitors worldwide. This season, she was even seen within a few hundred yards of her daughter, #610, potentially setting up the shot of a lifetime.
So far this year, those are the three grizzly bears that have been getting the most attention and recognition, but there’s always room for more! Please remember though, should you encounter these animals, they are still WILD ANIMALS! They are by no means tame and should be enjoyed from a respectful distance and left alone.