Trips: Grand Teton NP June 2020 With Grizzly 399 And Her Quad Cubs

The summer of 2020 in Grand Teton National Park will be forever remembered for the appearance of Grizzly 399 and her four cubs amidst a world paralyzed by the coronavirus.

Summer Morning

Summer Morning

Ripples at Schwabacher Landiing

Ripples at Schwabacher Landiing

Grizzly 399 and her quad cubs cross the meadows below Mount Moran.

Grizzly 399 and her quad cubs cross the meadows below Mount Moran.

Grizzly 399 and her quad cubs race across the open meadow to safety.

Grizzly 399 and her quad cubs race across the open meadow to safety.

Grizzly 399 and quad cubs on the run.

Grizzly 399 and quad cubs on the run.

Grizzly 399 leads her cubs away from the meadow when a young male grizzly has approached too close.

Grizzly 399 leads her cubs away from the meadow when a young male grizzly has approached too close.

Grizzly 399 stands at full attention to get a better look at one of Blondie's male subadults that has gotten dangerously close...

Grizzly 399 stands at full attention to get a better look at one of Blondie's male subadults that has gotten dangerously close to her cubs.

A young male grizzly, one of Blondie's subadults, walks through a meadow of flowers.

A young male grizzly, one of Blondie's subadults, walks through a meadow of flowers.

Grizzly 610 and one of her subadult cubs bluff charge down a hill, kicking up a cloud of dust.

Grizzly 610 and one of her subadult cubs bluff charge down a hill, kicking up a cloud of dust.

Through the fog, Grizzly 399 appears in a dreamy landscape of sage and flowers.

Through the fog, Grizzly 399 appears in a dreamy landscape of sage and flowers.

Grizzly 610, one of Grizzly 399's daughters, stands at full attention to peer over the valley below.

Grizzly 610, one of Grizzly 399's daughters, stands at full attention to peer over the valley below.

Two subadult cubs of Grizzly 610 play in a far off meadow.

Two subadult cubs of Grizzly 610 play in a far off meadow.

Grizzly 399 leads her quad cubs down a quiet dirt road.

Grizzly 399 leads her quad cubs down a quiet dirt road.

Meet the new Fab Four as they make their way down what must be Abbey Road in Grand Teton National Park.

Meet the new Fab Four as they make their way down what must be Abbey Road in Grand Teton National Park.

A family reunion breaks out as Grizzly 399 and her four cubs have a brief encounter with Grizzly 610,  and her two subadults....

A family reunion breaks out as Grizzly 399 and her four cubs have a brief encounter with Grizzly 610, and her two subadults. Grizzly 610 is also a daughter of 399 and is now more than 12 years old. The reunion is brief but magical before the families scatter.

Grizzly 399 has just greeted her daughter 610 and her two subadults but knows any encounter with other grizzlies, even family...

Grizzly 399 has just greeted her daughter 610 and her two subadults but knows any encounter with other grizzlies, even family, can be dangerous to her cubs and she quickly shoos them along.

A very young moose follows her mom down to the Gros Ventre river.

A very young moose follows her mom down to the Gros Ventre river.

Grizzly 399 leads her cubs down a hillside and into the sagebrush.

Grizzly 399 leads her cubs down a hillside and into the sagebrush.

The grizzly bear is perhaps the greatest symbol of our wild west and for the time being has found new protection against hunting...

The grizzly bear is perhaps the greatest symbol of our wild west and for the time being has found new protection against hunting.

A pronghorn antelope, the fastest animal in the Tetons, pauses for an instant.

A pronghorn antelope, the fastest animal in the Tetons, pauses for an instant.

Grizzly 399, now some 24 years old and the grand matriarch of the Grand Tetons, is undoubtedly the most famous grizzly bear in...

Grizzly 399, now some 24 years old and the grand matriarch of the Grand Tetons, is undoubtedly the most famous grizzly bear in the world, in large measure because she has seeded the Tetons with her offspring and raised them at times near the Park's roadways.

Grizzly 399 is both beautiful and also incredibly savage.  During the spring and early summer, she often kills multiple young...

Grizzly 399 is both beautiful and also incredibly savage. During the spring and early summer, she often kills multiple young elk and other animals every week to feed herself and her cubs.

Grizzly 399 cuts an imposing figure.

Grizzly 399 cuts an imposing figure.

Three of Grizzly 399's quad cubs pause in their play to pose.

Three of Grizzly 399's quad cubs pause in their play to pose.

Grizzly 399 strides across the ridge.  On some days she and her young cubs will travel more than 10 miles.

Grizzly 399 strides across the ridge. On some days she and her young cubs will travel more than 10 miles.

Grizzly 399 and one of her cubs make their way through the sage.

Grizzly 399 and one of her cubs make their way through the sage.

Grizzly 399 looks carefully in the direction where she has detected a ground squirrel has burrowed.

Grizzly 399 looks carefully in the direction where she has detected a ground squirrel has burrowed.

Grizzly 399 Portrait

Grizzly 399 Portrait

Grizzly 399 peers through summer's wildflowers.

Grizzly 399 peers through summer's wildflowers.

Grizzly 399 and her quad cubs search for food in the sage meadow below.

Grizzly 399 and her quad cubs search for food in the sage meadow below.

Phelps Lake is a study in tranquility on a lazy summer afternoon.

Phelps Lake is a study in tranquility on a lazy summer afternoon.

The timeless Moulton barn stands below the Grand Teton range.

The timeless Moulton barn stands below the Grand Teton range.

A powerful thunderstorm cell sweeps over the Teton range and across the valley floor.

A powerful thunderstorm cell sweeps over the Teton range and across the valley floor.

The high peaks of the Teton range can trigger powerful thunderstorms, especially in summer.

The high peaks of the Teton range can trigger powerful thunderstorms, especially in summer.

Grizzly 610 dines on wildflowers, grasses and roots near Oxbow Bend.

Grizzly 610 dines on wildflowers, grasses and roots near Oxbow Bend.

The John Moulton barn, one of the classic barns along Mormon Row, glows in the early sunrise.

The John Moulton barn, one of the classic barns along Mormon Row, glows in the early sunrise.