Trail Photos from Sitka

I got these a couple weeks ago.
A good friend in Sitka (Dillon’s Man) and his buddy had set up a Trail Camera by a Grizzly Bear rubbing tree.
The camera is activated by motion through an infrred sensor.
A rubbing tree is selected by Grizzlies as a sort of "Message Board"
They display numerous behaviors, including scent marking by rubbing against it, hugging it, and urinating around it.
They also bite it and leave claw marks to indicate their size.
All this is said by researchers to mark territory, and serves to avoid encounters with big boars that are usually deadly to other bears, including smaller bears, black bears, sows with cubs and grizzly cubs.
 
This first photo show a "big boy" with an unusual light collar marking around his neck and shoulders.
Big Boy
 
This second photo shows a huge boar with a very large ass end
(which continues to grow over their lifetime).
 
Big Boar
 
Finally, this is one that is a good reason to carry extra underwear camping in grizz country,
in case you should encounter this!
 
Eyes in the Dark
 
All photos copywrighted by Orca Press, all rights reserved.
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10 Responses to Trail Photos from Sitka

  1. tressie says:

    What INCREDIBLE photos Steve!! Amazing – thank you for sharing and thank you for stopping by my space!  Jake fell asleep a bit early and crash landed in my bed – so I have a bear rug to keep me warm and think i will leave him there if that is ok with you – least till spring?  lol  thanks for the giggle – and the great photos to go with it.  tressie

  2. Cindy says:

    Yikes!  I\’ve been wanting to get one of those so we can see who visits us during the night or when we\’re gone, but there\’s too many to pick from and the prices…OMG!  To get a good camera, with a long life battery is around $500.  Just a tad high for spying on wildlife!
     
    That looks like one big bear with big green eyes!

  3. Nessa says:

    Ooooh those eyes are scary!!  And that second one is one large bear – though it is nice to now they share the same fate as some of us poor humans ……….Quote…" …….a very large ass end – which continues to grow over their lifetime…"    LOL

  4. Tani says:

    I don\’t want to meet up with any of these animals by surprise,lOL The eyes are especialy eerie.

  5. Barb says:

    OMG!!! That last one would scare me to death (which would save the bear the effort. lol)  Wonder what he thought of the flash suddenly going off?
    What wonderful captures.  Thank you for sharing these (and thank you Dillon\’s Man too!)
    Have a great Thursday Steve and watch out for those bears!
    Barb 🙂

  6. Sheila says:

    Geez Steve,
    no need for "neon post its" on that message board (the smell alone would scare me off!). 
    Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee U!!!!
    have a great day!
    Sheila
     

  7. Aimee says:

    wow…big bear…like really big..don\’t like that…
    *~*   :o) if you don’t have a smile to give today…  :o) I will give you one of mine…  :o)   *~*

  8. Yours Truly says:

     
    Have a creepy Halloween!
    Go ahead, change your routine.
    Toss your cares in a ravine.
    And let your house become unclean.
     
    Give voice to a piercing keen –
    By all means, create a scene.
    Powers of darkness now convene;
    Night spirits careen unseen.
     
    Dress like a queen and preen,
    Or dress like a ghost really mean.
    Eat some candy – the best cuisine,
    But not so much that you turn green.
     
     

  9. Life's Like A Beach says:

    Really enjoyed this piece Steve, especially with your way of commentary.  Was really tickled with the last photo, that gave me a laugh out loud.  Made me feel good 🙂   Be Well…May Peace & Blessings Be With You…Life\’s Like A Beach

  10. Sarah says:

    Hey there, Steve, thanks so much for setting up that motion sensitive camera–these photos are fabulous to see.  What fun it must be to see what that camera has caught each time you check!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Here\’s to you!  Many Blessings this fine clear, cool, crisp day!
    Sarah

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