Cubs Killed - Bear #130 and Family (Grizzly) - along Trans Canada Highway
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Fisherman
Registered: May 01, 2004
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Love these, especially the ones of the black bear.



Scott Stoness
Registered: Sep 11, 2006
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Country: Canada

Fisherman: The black bear was a chunky fellow. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott



eyelaser
Registered: Oct 29, 2005
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Having not seen these guys in the wild I am amazed how many you see on a fairly regular basis. Photo "A" of the black bear portion is my favorite. But of course any of these would be a welcome addition to my hard drive!
Eric



Scott Stoness
Registered: Sep 11, 2006
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Eyelaser: You should have been with me this morning. I almost died of fright.

I was shooting landscapes at Bow Lake and returned to my car and started putting my lens and tripod away, and behind me I heard some trotting. I turned around and a grizzly was at full speed running (thought he was charging) toward me. He was running so fast by the time I processed the event he had gained about 50' and was closing the last 50', full speed at a big trot flying through the air between strides.

I was debating jumping in my back door on top of my 500 f4, ts17, 5diii.... with the damage that would result... and also considering that I had run out of time and likely would be pulled from the car and should just face him.. but then I decided he was going to go by me since (now down to 20') he was going so fast and slightly tangently, so I pulled my camera up, but by then he flashed by within 10' and kept on going, without a picture to prove it. All took about 2 seconds.

It took about 10 minutes for my heart to slow down and the adrenaline to decline. Then I followed with my big lens and car (car first) to check to see whether he had surprised the other photographer I saw, and the other guy send the same thing. About 300' beyond me he went over a bridge with full speed and a look toward the other guy, and carried on, leaving the other photographer in the same state. Finally I just found a group of hikers with their bear spray out - about 1/2 km away, so he must have kept on going exciting everyone in the path.

After the incident, I checked around and found that:
1) a fishermen had disturbed the bear in the bushes - he was equally excited.
2) the bear had been hazed (shot with bean bags) the previous evening because he was hanging out too close to the lodge

So despite my intense excitement, he was just running by me at full speed (amazing speed) to get away from a (imagined) pending bean bag in the but.

I have operated with as long as I am within 1/3 of the distance between car - assuming I am 1/3 the speed - but now I know I could not even get my bear spray out in this time.

Thanks for the comments. Much appreciated.

Scott

[ You are likely to see this story posted again so its not buried below a long posting, so indulge me.]



Schlotkins
Registered: Aug 06, 2004
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These are just fantastic shots. I thought I commented on them already, but this is the 4th time I've looked at them. I love #4 and the last one. That is one big bear!!

I'm glad to hear that you are OK - I can't imagine the fear level. I hope I get to see some of these guys one day ... without quite that much excitement.

Chris



Scott Stoness
Registered: Sep 11, 2006
Total Posts: 9917
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Schlotkins: This is the time of the year to take bear pictures (and again in late September/ early October). You should come and see them yourself. Glad you like them so much. It was a fantastic day. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott



Conrad Tan
Registered: Dec 08, 2007
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Very nice!



Scott Stoness
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Conrad Tan: Glad you like them. Thanks for teh feedback. Much appreciated. Scott



waldr_p
Registered: Apr 18, 2008
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Cool set Scott, that last black bear image is of one big beast!

Paul.



James McQueen
Registered: Nov 10, 2003
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Wow awesome bear images. Id be a nervous wreck that close to danger and would forget to snap the image.

- Jim



dalite
Registered: Aug 13, 2005
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Scott, you are so fortunate to be living close to this beautiful stretch of Hwy, and with such wildlife. Nice shots.



KCollett
Registered: Jul 02, 2010
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Country: Canada

Nice work Scott. #4 is a great image.



OwlsEyes
Registered: Feb 23, 2003
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Scott I really like the solitary cub... amazing what iso 3200 can do even on a 7D
I'm not sure if it's the perspective, but I've got to say that your final black bear is a real giant of a bear... looks like he/she has had her fill of dandelion salad
cheers,
bruce



Scott Stoness
Registered: Sep 11, 2006
Total Posts: 9917
Country: Canada

Sorry for being tardy. I am just back from a whole lot of fun in the deep woods, involving wet sleeping bags and carrying too many lens.


waldr_p: He was a really healthy bear. Everyone says I am healthy too - but thats another story. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott


James McQueen: Looking through the lens gives you confidence - false confidence Glad you like the bears. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott


dalite: I agree - within a couple of hours there are endless opportunities to be eaten by a bear or find a great picture. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott


KCollett:Glad you like 4. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott


OwlsEyes: I have put the cub on as my screen saver. I like him too. 3200 works, it just requres a good exposure. Amazing what a dandelion can do. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott



Frogfish
Registered: May 20, 2011
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Some excellent captures Scott. I love C (as does everyone it seems) !

Slow SS ? I dream of 1/250 on some birding days Though yes, slow for 500+1.4



Scott Stoness
Registered: Sep 11, 2006
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Country: Canada

Frogfish: Those pesky bears only stick their head out late in the day, and 9:30PM shooting is challenging for light in the mountains with the big shadows. Glad you like them. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott



Britserker
Registered: Oct 09, 2012
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Country: Canada

I am really sad to report both cubs of Bear 130 were struck and killed by a train in Banff today. The CBC report of the incident is here.



raymondjbarlow
Registered: Mar 16, 2006
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very awesome images!



B Benson
Registered: Jan 13, 2005
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Whoa, C is one fat bear. Bruce



Scott Stoness
Registered: Sep 11, 2006
Total Posts: 9917
Country: Canada

Britserker wrote:
I am really sad to report both cubs of Bear 130 were struck and killed by a train in Banff today. The CBC report of the incident is here.



Briserker: Thank you for the sad report. They were healthy looking bears and their mom looked healthy as well. A very big loss for the grizzly population in Banff. Hopefully the railway will find a way to slow the deaths. Scott



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