Black vs Grizzly bear – who is who?

I’ve been lucky enough in the past 3 summers to immerse myself in nature and to do this with an expert in wildlife, my boyfriend.

Since seeing my first bear in 2009, it has been my mission to pick out the difference between a black bear and grizzly bear, as other tourists would often shout out that they have just seen a grizzly bear, when, in fact – it was a black bear.

There are a few key differences to help differentiate between the two:

1. Black bears have a straight snout, while grizzlies have a dished in snout/face profile.

2. Black bears do not have a pronounced shoulder hump, while grizzlies do.

3. Black bears ears stick out more, grizzlies are less pronounced.

4. Black bears have shorter claws, you can definitely see grizzlies light long claws a lot more clearly.

5. Black bears, for the most part are much smaller than grizzlies.

Guess the bear – black or grizzly:

Bear #1

Yellowstone National Park

Bear #2

Yellowstone National Park

Bear #3

Yellowstone National Park

Bear #4

Yellowstone National Park

Bear #5

Waterton, Alberta

Bear #6

Waterton, Alberta

Bear #7

Kananaskis, Alberta

Answers:

#1 – Grizzly #2 – Black Bear #3 – Grizzly #4 – Black Bear #5 – Black Bear #6 – Black Bear #7 – Grizzly

How did you do?

PS – Read my view on wildlife photography.

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You Voted!

Thank you to those who voted for the subject of my new header. Hope you enjoy the winner: Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba.

It was taken the final evening of my 2 month summer adventure – what a gorgeous sunset to top off an amazing, adventure filled summer.

The runner’s up were:

En route to Revelstoke, B.C.

Waterton, Alberta

Your vote!

Top 5: Roads for Cruisin’

I am a big road trip fan, and I always need to be the one behind the wheel (except when driving a manual transmission in Italy – thanks Katie for taking on that job!).

I’ve done a few gorgeous road drive in my day, and I am going to attempt to pick my mostest favoritest ever.

This is going to be hard.

5. Highwood Pass – Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada

I’ve been back and forth on this road a billion times, it feels like. I know it like the back of my hand, I suppose! It was all those early morning and late night drives in search for the perfect grizzly bear to observe.

4. Rogers Pass – TransCanada Highway in B.C., Canada

I didn’t expect much on my way to Revelstoke, B.C.. But this pass was absolutely breathtaking. The wildflowers were the most colourful and widespread I had ever seen!

I wasn’t able to stop and capture my own photo!

3. Going to the Sun – Glacier National Park: Montana, U.S.A.

I’ve completed this drive 3 times now, and I will never, ever get sick of it. It would really be nice to drive it some day when I can actually see the sun peeking through the gloomy clouds. Still – jaw-dropping beauty with all the glaciers, pine trees (ohhh the smells!), and mountain goats.

2. Amalfi Coast – Italy

Zing – jaw dropping scenes and those crazy little towns like Positano hanging off the side of those sheer rock cliffs. Sure, I would move there though!

1. Road to Hana – Maui, Hawaii, U.S.A

WOW – the views! At one spot, there was a very unique tiny town that sold the best banana bread and shave ice. The volcanic rocks and huge crashing waves there were amazing! Once in Hana, we noticed that it was getting late in the day and we had to turn right back around. I was kicking myself for not booking a room there to spend the night (they were full). Try to keep your windows open when you pass the eucalyptus trees – wow! Wow. WOW!

Honourable mentions to Beartooth Highway, the Canadian gold rush route through the Fraser Canyon, the drive from Vancouver to Whistler (Sea to Sky highway), and any driving we did in Italy and Hawaii – there wasn’t a dull scene anywhere!

 

Photograph – Waterton, Alberta

Welcome to Waterton, Alberta. A much looked over national park. It’s attached to the US version, Glacier National Park, and together their efforts create the only international peace park (ie. national park joined by an undefended border).

It’s gorgeous, whether you prefer touring in Canada or the USA. I love both. Don’t make me  pick!

Waterton – wild flowers, black bears and cougars crawling all over you (not literally), amazing hikes, glasslands meets Rocky Mountains in a surprisingly diverse ecosystem for a park the size of a postage stamp.

Glacier – pure Rocky Mountain wilderness with extensive rugged back-country, roads only give you a small sample size of it’s vast protected space that covers both sides of the continental divide.

Look at a map of both – there is a missing 3rd in the flathead that is the west side of the continental divide in BC – the logical missing piece of the puzzle that is not only NOT protected, but OPEN to logging and development – see! Dumb.

*thanks S.

Photo of the Day – Waterton Sunrise

Waterton, Alberta

This was taken in August 2010 during my first visit to Waterton, Alberta. Wow, was it ever gorgeous there! Since then, I went back this summer and experienced a few amazing hikes making this town even more spectacular to me.

Good thing I plan on another adventure there this summer!

And the answer is…

No one got it!

The location of my blog header is in Waterton, Alberta.

A place where I will be visiting again next summer!

I am looking forward to the hikes and gorgeous scenery next July.

The one hike that I think I will start out with is:

Goat Lake Red Rock Canyon 12.6 km
(7.8 mi)
5 hours 400 m
(1312′)

A great hike to warm up on, and apparently great for viewing moose.

Thanks for your guesses!