In autumn, the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) is at its most awe-inspiring: massive, fearsome and beautiful. Despite their reputation for fierceness, grizzlies are fishermen more often than hunters, and for a large proportion of their diet they rely on berries and other vegetation. They take on fat during the summer months, most males reaching top weights of 500 to 900 pounds - though a few grizzlies have weighed up to 1400 pounds.
Well-fed from a season of fishing and foraging, the grizzly begins to search for a den in late October and November. Once in the den, grizzlies do not really hibernate, but slumber very deeply.
My first view of a grizzly was in the autumn of 1979. As I hiked over the crest of a ridge, there it stood: the great hump on its shoulder was in the last spray of sunlight, a mirror image of faraway mountains that also held onto the sun's vanishing warmth. Gazing across the riverbed below, the grizzly looked as powerful as the vast landscape around it. As winter approached on the wind, the grizzly stood above the glacier and I, no longer the dominant life form, watched until he decided it was time to move on. - BM
Bonnie Marris - Above the Glacier
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