Trips: Grand Teton Spring 2023 - Grizzly 399 And Spring's Babies

Nothing epitomizes the great wild spaces in our land like the grizzly bear, especially when you can see them in flower-covered...
Eye to Eye

Nothing epitomizes the great wild spaces in our land like the grizzly bear, especially when you can see them in flower-covered meadows! Grizzly 399, now believed to be 27 years old, emerged from her den in the Grand Teton NP this spring with one, very playful cub. 399 is the oldest grizzly known to have had a cub and this follows her incredible journey for the past two years raising four cubs.

A great gray owl keeps a careful eye out for movement, alternated with brief naps, from its perch at the woodland's edge.
Great Gray Owl

A great gray owl keeps a careful eye out for movement, alternated with brief naps, from its perch at the woodland's edge.

This Great Gray Owl has spent the past hour on his perch at the wood's edge in Grand Teton National Park,  But it has just seen...
Great Gray Hunting

This Great Gray Owl has spent the past hour on his perch at the wood's edge in Grand Teton National Park, But it has just seen a quick movement in the grasses below and has in a blink sprung into flight. The longest of the owls, with large, powerful wings, they are an amazing if rare sight, especially in flight.

A great gray owl flies on silent wings with intense focus on what she hopes is her next meal. Grand Teton National Park.
On Silent Wings

A great gray owl flies on silent wings with intense focus on what she hopes is her next meal. Grand Teton National Park.

Grizzly 399 emerges this Spring with a new cub in tow, following sets of three and four.  At 27 years old, she is the oldest...
Afternoon Stroll

Grizzly 399 emerges this Spring with a new cub in tow, following sets of three and four. At 27 years old, she is the oldest known grizzly to have given birth to a cub allowing her to continue her trailblazing ways as a symbol of our great wild places, and the critical benefits of thoughtful conservation.

Grizzly 399 emerged this spring with a single, playful and spirited cub.
399 and Her Baby

Grizzly 399 emerged this spring with a single, playful and spirited cub.

Now some 27years old, grizzly 399 is the undisputed queen of the Tetons who draws tens of thousands of visitors a year for the...
Queen of the Tetons

Now some 27years old, grizzly 399 is the undisputed queen of the Tetons who draws tens of thousands of visitors a year for the chance to catch even a glimpse of this world renowned grizzly.

Grizzlies have been on the brink of extinction but the great fight of so many has kept these incredible wild animals alive....
Conservation's Reward

Grizzlies have been on the brink of extinction but the great fight of so many has kept these incredible wild animals alive. Every visitor to the Tetons, Yellowstone or some of the great parks in Alaska will tell you that the sight of these great bears in the wild is a sight they will never forget. Especially when it is iconic 399 and her rambunctious cub playing in a field in a field of Larkspur, balsam and bitterroot.

With a single cub, grizzly 399 seems to spend more time socializing and playing with her cub than in prior years when she has...
Playtime

With a single cub, grizzly 399 seems to spend more time socializing and playing with her cub than in prior years when she has mothered three or even four cubs.

Grizzly 399 stalks with surprising stealth across the meadow.
Grizzly 399 Stalking

Grizzly 399 stalks with surprising stealth across the meadow.

Even in her advanced age, grizzly 399 is the epitome of power and beauty as she makes her way across the flower-filled flats...
Grizzly Power

Even in her advanced age, grizzly 399 is the epitome of power and beauty as she makes her way across the flower-filled flats near Pilgrim Creek that she has called home for 27 years.

The lone 2023 cub of 399 is a handful, full of spunk, play and spirit!
Growing Up

The lone 2023 cub of 399 is a handful, full of spunk, play and spirit!

A bald eagle surveys the river and the osprey who often first find the fish that this eagle will claim.
The Surveyor

A bald eagle surveys the river and the osprey who often first find the fish that this eagle will claim.

Only weeks old, two baby moose emerge from the willows behind their watchful mom.
Moose Twins

Only weeks old, two baby moose emerge from the willows behind their watchful mom.

An elk casts a wary eye while nursing her very young baby.   The first weeks of an elk's life are a dangerous time, especially...
Nursing Time

An elk casts a wary eye while nursing her very young baby. The first weeks of an elk's life are a dangerous time, especially in habitat that contains numerous hungry grizzly bears that depend critically on finding young elk to fatten up after a long winter.

Fatherhood means so many different things to so many.  I was shaped by a man who dared and challenged me to dream, to not accept...
Bruno Impression

Fatherhood means so many different things to so many. I was shaped by a man who dared and challenged me to dream, to not accept easy answers or the easy way. I miss him dearly every day. When I saw this great male bear a few days ago in the Tetons, known to have fathered many of the bears there, I was taken by the raw power and aura, the sense of invincibility but also passing time; the encounter was brief, almost shadowy. Here is Bruno.

The meadows this time of year are filled with flowers and great wildlife.   Spring is in the air and the young are finding their...
A Mother's Cry

The meadows this time of year are filled with flowers and great wildlife. Spring is in the air and the young are finding their legs. But on this afternoon, the most beloved and known grizzly in all the world has entered the forest and with her inceccable scent found the newborn elk, on which she and her cub will feed for the next few hours. Mom has retreated to the meadow where she looks and calls repeatedly to her young baby to come forth. But there is only silence. For nearly a day she stands and parades and cries her bawl. Life in the wild is not all cuteness and smiles; it is a day by day struggle to stay alive.

The meadow seems quiet and empty but a closer examination explains why:  at the back of the meadow two grizzlies are on high...
Guardians of the Flat

The meadow seems quiet and empty but a closer examination explains why: at the back of the meadow two grizzlies are on high alert and looking for food.

Two of grizzly 610's three cubs play on a fallen log.
Grizzly 610 Cubs Play

Two of grizzly 610's three cubs play on a fallen log.

Grizzly 610 and her three large cubs have spent the morning hunting and foraging in the greening sage flats neat Potholes.
Grizzly 610 Family

Grizzly 610 and her three large cubs have spent the morning hunting and foraging in the greening sage flats neat Potholes.

Grizzly 610 leads her family of three cubs across the large open sage flats.
Grizzly 610 and Family Walk

Grizzly 610 leads her family of three cubs across the large open sage flats.

Grizzly 610 and one of her three cubs emerge from the sage flats.
Grizzly 610 and Cub

Grizzly 610 and one of her three cubs emerge from the sage flats.

A red fox sits, almost hidden, at the back of the flower-filled flats, watching and waiting.
Red Fox in the Flowers

A red fox sits, almost hidden, at the back of the flower-filled flats, watching and waiting.

A family of pronghorn antelopes move across the sage in the cover of fog.
Pronghorn Parade

A family of pronghorn antelopes move across the sage in the cover of fog.

Canadian Geese rest along the banks of the Snake River.
At the River's Edge

Canadian Geese rest along the banks of the Snake River.