“We went ashore in Kukak Bay and watched five brown bears, four male and one female. One the bears decided to cool off on a stream quite near us. He flopped in the water and went to sleep. The female and one of the males were doing what bears sometimes do… two of the males decided to square off—they stomped around doing a “cowboy” walk, peeing on their feet and spreading their scent on the ground. The smaller bear decided that he really couldn’t take on the bigger bear, so he sat down and stared at the ground in front of him. The bigger bear did a “victory dance” (more cowboy walking and peeing) and then left the vanquished bear alone.
We were quite close to two other males who were starting to eye each other. But when one of them came too close (about 30 feet away), Brad Josephs stood up and beat on the lid of his plastic can. The bear glanced at us and then slowly walked in the other direction. Brad asked us if were frightened at all. None of us was—we felt that Brad would keep us safe.”
— Mary Glaser | The Great Alaskan Grizzly Encounter | June 2017
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