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The interaction between these two American Black bears was amazing. The first bear up this Poplar tree DID NOT WANT his traveling companion to join him about 25 feet in the air. Although though the conversation was spirited there were no serious repercussions and eventually the pair walked away together in perfect company once again. There is a high probability that these two are siblings. As bears stay with their Mom’s for about two years these two must be about that age at least.

Banff /Jasper Highway (Banff National Park), Alberta Canada
Canon Rebel XSI, Canon 100mm -400mm Lens

Black Bear Facts

Did you know that although they are called black bears, colors can range from black to cinnamon brown, silver-blue and, occasionally, even white? The white bears are called “Spirit” or “Kermode” bears.
Ten Fast Facts About Black Bears

1. eat mostly berries, nuts, grasses, carrion, and insect larvae

2. have color vision and a keen sense of smell

3. are good tree climbers and swimmers

4. very intelligent and curious

5. can run up to 35 miles per hour

6. weigh an average of 125 to 600 pounds

7. go without food for up to 7 months during hibernation in northern ranges

8. usually give birth to 2 to 3 cubs during the mother’s sleep every other year

9. can live over 25 years in the wild (average age in the wild is 18)

10. are typically shy and easily frightened

Should you encounter a black bear

Stay calm – DO NOT RUN (running may elicit a chase response by the bear).Pick up children so they don’t run or scream; restrain dog; avoid eye contact and talk in soothing voice.If the bear stands up, he is NOT going to attack but is curious and wants a better sniff or view.Back away slowly; if bear chomps jaw, lunges, or slaps ground or brush with paw, he feels threatened.Slowly retreat from area or make wide detour around bear; don’t crowd or block bear’s escape route.

Note: Bear attacks on humans are extremely rare. A person is 180 times more likely to be killed by a bee and 160,000 times more likely to die in a car accident. Most injuries from black bears occur when people try to feed, pet, or crowd them. Bears will nip or cuff bad-mannered humans, as they will bad-mannered bears. They are very strong and powerful animals; bears should always be treated with caution and respect.

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I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • deb cole
    deb coleover 3 years ago

    Marvellous capture, Leslie! They could be siblings. I know that I’ve heard enough “spirited conversations” between my kids!

  • It’s possible Deb, we figure they were about a year old and one was a little bigger then the other so who knows. Quite amazing to watch and hear I must say. Thanks very much! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture…love this action Leslie, interesting find

  • Thanks so very much Larry it was really something to see and hear :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnover 3 years ago

    marvelous capture, well done!

  • Your great comment is so very appreciated! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 3 years ago

    Oh Leslie, you were so lucky with these two. I hope you weren’t too close to them. Beautiful shot my dear.

  • We couldn’t believe the luck Teresa and the Big Lens was a blessing. Thank you so very much :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 3 years ago

    sis this is wonderful.
    Such a fantastic photo op and you got it all!
    Good one, wish it was mine :-)))

  • What wonderful words Sis and thank you so very much! They were something to see that’s for sure ">)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • MaeBelle
    MaeBelleover 3 years ago

    Great capture,♥ they can be so unteresting to watch! :o)) God Bless,Mae

  • Many thanks Mae for the lovely comment. They were just amazing to watch :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • MaeBelle
    MaeBelleover 3 years ago

    whoops hit the wrong key, that should be interesting!!!lol.

  • No worries Mae I do the same thing LOL :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 3 years ago

  • Robert many thanks for this Wonderful Banner. It is appreciated!:>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 3 years ago

    Wow!,…What a awesome shot,….Wonderful capture,…

  • Such a wonderful compliment John! Thank you very much!! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    What an amazing capture, Leslie! A little bit of sibling rivalry, methinks! :o)

  • Thank you so very much Mike! I think you are probably right but it’s hard to be sure. It was an incredible thing to watch and hear though. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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