Bears of the McNeil River

by Mark Hardgrave

This is another favorite of mine.  Mother and cub walking toward the upper falls viewing pad at McNeil.  I believe that this is "Teddy" and "Tuffy" but I am not sure.  I like the look of the bears in the tall grass, it is kind of is where you expect to see them.  This would also make another nice wall sized print for the home or office.  Nikon F4s, Nikkor 300 mm 2.8 EDIF, Fuji Provia film.

Another nice scenic of one of the male bears coming down the banks of the McNeil toward the viewing pad on the upper falls.  The light was really nice when this photograph was taken.  The slide is very detailed and you can see the bear's claws clearly, too bad the scan is not as nice as the slide.  We would see about 20 different bears a day come and go while at McNeil.  On the average of about 4 to 5 bears at a time.  In early July it is not unusual to see 60 to 80 bears at a time fishing at the falls.  Nikon F4s, Nikkor 300 2.8 EDIF, Fuji Provia film.

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