Grizzly Bear Close Encounter!

We are absolutely positive that we will never again have this close of an encounter with a grizzly bear!  (Or at least we hope we won’t!)

This “griz” was right on the side of the road, digging up roots and eating them.  We took photos from the truck.  He paid us no heed at all.

To see a video of him/her digging in the gravel for roots, click here.

All we can say is “WOW”!!


14 comments on “Grizzly Bear Close Encounter!

  1. Jill Harris says:

    Wow, as well!

  2. LisaJ says:

    Wow, that is awesome! Great shots!!

  3. kimcanada says:

    That is awesome!!! You are a fantastic photoagrapher.

  4. Donna says:

    Those are great pictures.

  5. Ruth Jessee says:

    Thanks for the blogs… Pix and comments…. Hope to see you soon.. .Bon voyage !’!!! Memaw

    Sent from my iPad

  6. Audrey J. Foldoe says:

    Great photos of the bear Judy and Jack. Drive carefully! Mom

  7. johnson says:

    As a new driver well new to over the road my girlfriend and myself love seeing wildlife and the diffrent scenery the united states has to offer sure hope that never gets old or routine like some jobs can do

  8. Chris Oliver says:

    The Bear pics look great, were they taken close to them or not, they look really sweet but its amazing that the damage they can do when they get aggresive.

    • judyinalaska says:

      They were all taken from the truck which at one point was less than 20 feet from him. Close but we were safe and at no point did he seem at all bothered by us. 🙂

  9. flandrumhill says:

    What a beautiful creature! What is most amazing is how soft and deep his fur appears in the golden light. Your photos are gorgeous; it almost looks like he was posing for you. Even from the truck, I don’t think my photos would turn out half as well. My hands would be shaking too much. Grizzlies can be terrifying hunters.

  10. Carolyn C says:

    Hi from New Zealand! I visited Alaska with a friend for the first time last year, and I just had to comment on this post since I thought it was funny that we had a closer bear encounter than you and I’ve only spent two weeks in Alaska:). We were at Brooks Falls and a bear followed us up the trail, then when we moved off the trail to let it go past it followed us off the trail! Gulp! We were only about ten feet away, but luckily were with a group that included an ex-ranger and he knew what to do. That’s definitely as close as I want to get!

    We loved Alaska and when we came back we started watching Ice Road Truckers. Jack is one of our favourite drivers – he seems like such a nice guy and is so good at his job, and we love the way he is so patient with the rookies (unlike some of the other drivers!). We were also excited to see him pop up on a British TV show where a couple of people drove up the Dalton in a 4WD – they ran into the ditch and when a trucker stopped to help them, it was none other than Jack!

    We loved Alaska so much that we’re planning to return next February to see it in the winter. We would love to go up the Dalton, but there’s no way I would drive myself – I have too much respect for the road for that – and I would also worry about endangering the truck drivers by being on the road when I didn’t strictly need to be. Have you ever gone up to Prudhoe yourself, Judy?

  11. judyinalaska says:

    Hi Carolyn – That sounds terrifying, I bet you feel lucky to be alive! And yes, I’ve been up the road 2 times with Jack, once in June and once in late September. That second trip we were fortunate enough to have clear sunny skies and the trees were turning colors. I’ll post about it someday. Maybe eventually I’ll go with Jack in the winter but it’s not high on my list of things to do 🙂 – Judy
    P.S. We loved that British show! (I think we saw it on You Tube.)

    • Carolyn C says:

      Yes, I bet snow and ice aren’t quite as glamorous to you as they are to me:). We don’t get snow in my part of New Zealand so I think it’s amazing – but then I don’t have to shovel it!

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