Starling Travel

May 1, 2007

Video: Bear in Yellowstone

Filed under: Places To Visit,Video — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

We have been staying in Yellowstone for the past couple of days collecting more photographs and video clips than you could shake a stick at, but we couldn’t save this one until we got home. We saw a huge group of people stopped at the side of the road yesterday. That usually means that there is something interesting to look at. It also usually means that the safest thing for us to do is to drive away slowly because there is always somebody getting too close to the wildlife.

In this case, everyone was gawking at, photographing and rushing across the street in front of cars to see a black bear. They are so rare in Yellowstone these days that it was well worth my time to stop. Since there was a large river between us and the bear, I even felt safe enough to get out of the car.

Click here to see the video

There had been two bears feeding on the carcass of another animal, but this one had eaten enough and was leaving.

This wasn’t the first time I’ve seen a wild bear in Yellowstone, but this was definitely the best. I felt safe because it would have taken him a while to get across the water, so I could retreat to my car if I needed to and he was completely unimpressed by us.

I’m so lucky to see a wild bear in Yellowstone and even luckier to be able to share it with you.

Update 05-02-07: I’ve added this map to show you approximately where we saw the bear. He was midway between the West Entrance and Madison Junction.

We actually couldn’t see what he was eating. It looked furry, but it could have been a rotten log full of bugs or anything, really. It was hidden behind a large tree.

The red dot indicates where we saw the bear in Yellowstone.

See tomorrow’s entry for Michael’s photos of the bear. He was able to zoom in on his pictures and get a lot closer than I could with my video.

Update 05-04-07: We initially called this a black bear, but it appears to be a grizzly. Learn how to tell the difference.


  1. Laura,

    Thanks for sharing! I just looked at the video. I wish I could zoom in some but that looks more like a grizzly from what I can see.

    While black bears will feed on animals they usually go for grubs, roots, small rodents, etc.

    What part of the park was this in?

    I used to work for the Forest Service in WY and have been to Yellowstone dozens of times. I need to get back there soon!



    Comment by Charlie — May 2, 2007 @ 7:00 am

  2. Hi Laura,

    That is definately a Grizzly, not a black bear.


    Comment by Skeets — May 2, 2007 @ 10:25 am

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