I have often seen Grizzly Bears at this time of year, so I keep my eyes open for them. Although grizzlies are omnivores, I have usually seen them eating plants.
There were three Grizzly Bears: a sow and two cubs (probably in their second year). Photo by Cynthia Fraser.
It was a delightful sighting, for not only were they close, they were feasting among wild flowers that looked like larkspur. Now larkspur is somewhat poisonous to humans, but I don’t know whether it is for grizzlies. Nevertheless, the bears were ignoring the flowers.
Rather, a clue to their activity was their long claws. They used them for digging for roots. Photo by Finn Grathwol.
Here is one of the cubs digging in the ground. I have been told that they are after cow parsnips which apparently has nutritious roots until the plant sprouts. Photo by Cynthia.
There seemed to be a rather large amount of scratching going on. Photo by Cynthia.
One of the cubs. Photo by Finn.
Another cub that was unreasonably close.