Bear Encounter While Kayaking

I was writing about Bear 610 and her cubs when clients told me about their bear encounter while kayaking in Grand Teton Park this week. Here's their story.

kayaking in grand teton park

On vacation in Jackson Hole this week. Spent an afternoon kayaking on  the Snake River oxbows - calm water with wildlife sightings (moose,  eagles, otters, pelicans and other waterfowl) frequent. 

grizzly bear in grand teton national park 

This time, we  had a surprise. We were drifting through a slough 10 to 15 feet from  the shorelines when Karen said she saw a black bear. I readied the camera and as I drifted past, the bear raised his head ... not a black  bear but one of the grizzly adolescents that are in the area.

hi there grizzly bear

I  captured a few images as the bear came to the water's edge to check us  out. When the bear splashed the water, I splashed the water too - with  a few power strokes of the paddle to get clear.

Cheers,
John & Karen