Title: A bear’s thank you
Location & Date: Highway 16, Jasper National Park | 2015
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ 70-200mm @ 200mm
Shutter Speed: 1/400th
In the midst of the drama surrounding the fate of the grizzly bear family involved in the fatal attack in Yellowstone National Park during the summer of 2015, Jill and I took a few minutes away from our mobile campaign office – the parking lot by the washrooms in Jasper’s townsite – to go for a drive and get away from the stress for an hour or two. The impromptu fight took over our summer and was leaving us drained, broke and disheartened – and I was starting to wonder if the growing controversy was worth it. But as we drove east on Highway 16, we spotted a black bear. Then another. And another. And yet another. No joke: Within 100 yards of one another were four different black bears – all appeared to be adult bears and likely boars – seemingly at peace with each other. Each walked to within a few feet of the car before crossing paths and going into the bush in different directions. It was like a bear Grand Central. It was bizarre. And it was awesome. It was almost like a thank-you from the bear Gods for our efforts on behalf of the orphaned cubs and it was the moment of peace we needed to renew our spirits to keep on the fight.