out of hibernation

Grizzlies 399, 610 and their cubs look as cute as teddy bears in the thousands of photos park visitors have taken of them in recent years. They have their own Facebook pages and bumper stickers.

Yet they are meat-eating predators, a reality we often overlook. This video, best watched in full screen, ought to keep a few tourists from approaching too close.

Thank you to all of you for loyally checking this site in the last few weeks, thinking perhaps today might be the day something new replaces the April snow story. As I explained earlier in a comment, I was out of town (for Jazz Fest), then returned to an onslaught of budget meetings and Lodging Overlay discussions. Also, we have begun running the river at Barker-Ewing Scenic Trips.

Male griz at Oxbow this spring.

To top it off, a faulty plugin caused this site to crash (for me, if not you), preventing the posting of anything new when I did have time. At 2 a.m. today, after much consultation with the hosting service, I finally resolved the problem.

Like a hungry bruin emerging from the den, I’m ready to sink my teeth into writing again. Thanks for your patience and input. Here’s to much excitement in the coming weeks!

(Photo by Greg Winston; video via Deadspin)

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3 Comments so far

  1. Jim Stanford May 18, 2013 7:04 pm

    Update: Grizzly 399 came down from the high country in recent days with three new cubs of the year. She is the matriarch of the GTNP grizzly population, practically. Watchers say this is her third brood of triplets. 610 is also one of her offspring.

    Update 5/21: Apologies to those using the Safari browser, which would not load the latest version of the site in recent days. I have fixed the last remaining bug. The site should be loading on all browsers, desktop and mobile, now. Please let me know if any of you have problems.

  2. Up and Running May 21, 2013 8:59 pm

    “out of hibernation”

    You and the trees.

  3. Brad May 21, 2013 10:17 pm

    Jim – Just FYI, I had this problem with IE7 on my laptop. Thanks for the fix.

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