Alaskan Brown Bear Mother With Cub Glacier Bay National Park

A mother Alaskan Brown Bear with her cub within close range, crosses a river in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, USA.

An Alaskan Brown Bear mother does not let her cub too far out of sight and while crossing this river in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, USA, the mother scopes out the area for any sign of danger. The fur on both the mother and cub is dripping wet from being in the river but the mother needs to show her young some simple survival techniques.

An Alaskan Brown Bear keeps an eye on her cub for a couple of years as it takes a while for them to mature enough to survive on their own and leave the mother. Some remain with their mother until about 2 1/2 years of age while others wait until reaching about 4 1/2 years old.

Mating only takes place about every 3-5 years and once the mother is implanted, the male brown bear will leave the female on her own to rear the cubs. Mating of the Alaskan Brown Bears happens during May and July when the pair stays together for a few days mating several times during this period.

The cub(s) are usually born between January to March weighing approximately 13 ounces, but their weight increases rapidly as the mother's milk is extremely rich in nutrients. At approximately 5 months of age, the cub with begin to eat solid food but will continue to nurse from the mother until they are weaned between 18-30 months.

The mother Alaskan Brown Bear will protect her cub, often becoming very aggressive if unwarranted circumstances arise. The biggest threat the Alaskan Brown Bear fears is that of humans, especially when a female is shot as it not only affects the survival of the cub but the reproductive rate is very low, threatening the population of the bears.

BE-1502 Alaskan Brown Bear sow and cub cross the stream. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. UNESCO World Heritage Site. Original: 35mm Transparency.



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Photo Title: Alaskan Brown Bear Mother With Cub Glacier Bay National Park

A mother Alaskan Brown Bear with her cub within close range, crosses a river in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, USA.

Scientific Name:

Ursus Arctos

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© Howie GarberAccent Alaska.com

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