Scarface – Yellowstone’s Grand Old Man

Grizzly Bear #211, known to photographers and bear watchers as Scarface, is one of the biggest wildlife celebrities in Yellowstone National Park.  At 24 years of age, this legendary bruin got his nickname from the extensive facial scarring on his massive head.  To many who visit the park, grizzly bears are an enduring symbol of the true wildness of Yellowstone.  Viewing these magnificent animals is an unforgettable experience, but a sighting of the renowned Scarface is even more memorable.

Born before the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone, Scarface has seen many changes during his long life. Over the years, he has been observed in almost every corner of the park, although the meadows and slopes surrounding Mount Washburn are a particular favorite.  Read more...

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The Sad Story of a Wild Grizzly-Yellowstone’s Dunraven Sow

“Female Grizzly with four cubs observed near Dunraven Pass”.  It was the summer of 2007 and that was the first I’d ever heard of the bear who came to be known as the Dunraven sow.   News of this amazing grizzly family was posted on the internet and even featured on the local news.  Since bears with four cubs are a rarity in Yellowstone, photographers and wildlife watchers flocked to the park to get a look at this grizzly and her cubs.  At the time, bear researchers were unsure whether the Dunraven sow had given birth to all four cubs or had adopted some.  Read more...

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