This incredible video shows a grizzly doing some bear watching right next to a photographer. What an amazing experience!
Drew Hamilton had an amazing encounter when this grizzly decided to do some bear watching right next to him. I’m still amazed on how still he kept the camera, but so happy he did! I guess working near bears since the 1990’s has given him some confidence with these giants.
And I’ll admit; I kind of wish I could hug this bear, this guy looked a little cuddly when he yawned and sat down.
McNeil River State Game Sanctuary is 200 square miles of protected Alaskan habitat which holds the world’s largest concentration of wild brown bears. Each summer; salmon make their way upstream to spawn where the bears take advantage of McNeil River Falls. The falls slow the salmon down which makes a great feeding area for the bears. It also makes for some great photographs!
To enter the sanctuary; you must obtain a permit. And since the permit program was initiated; no humans have been harmed from bears, and no bears have been killed by humans. I’m sure with a grizzly’s life span of 20-25 years; many (if not all) of these bears have been seeing humans yearly since they were born and are comfortable being close to humans. Maybe this grizzly tried to take his relationship with humans to the next level?
You can see more footage of bears on Drew’s YouTube channel.
Want to go on a photo tour with Drew? You can get more information at Natural Habitat Adventures.
Here are a few pictures taken at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary.