Greetings from the glacier,

Cuteness abounds with the new cubs rolling and tumbling around the grass near Steep Creek. This is our payoff from years of carefully managed bear viewing: five month old cubs are learning to ignore humans on the platforms at Steep Creek because their mother is calm and relaxed and eating grass below the decks. She was likely raised here herself and knows the procedures. Never make the mistake that they are tame or unaware of us, however. Mom keenly rotates her ears and listens to any foreign sound. Cubs are still skittish when they hear something unusual and scamper up the nearest tree. But when everything is right the little bears wrestle and tussle with each other as the cameras whirr and click.

We hope you have the time to come out an enjoy this magical time.

In the vicinity of the visitor center, there are two mother bears with triplets; one mother bear with four cubs; and one mom with one cub. Each family has staked out an area and they seem to not bump into each other. The well-known bear that had three cubs last year has not yet been seen but that is normal for her pattern.

Today we had numerous guests who said this was the highlight of their entire trip to Alaska! Cubs tried to nurse and occasionally mom swatted them away. We could hear her vocalizations. At other times, there were moments of maternal bliss and cuddling.

There is much to see with a naturally-behaving bear family. We think of our own siblings and tender family support. Watching a cub temporarily separated from its mom today reminded of an experience when I was a child and panicked when I couldn’t find my mother. I probably bawled as loudly as the cub did. But mother bear came running and there was a happy reunion. My mom did, too. Mothers are wonderful! Thank you, Moms, for taking such good care of us!

We ask everyone to leave dogs and food/beverages in the car to experience this super cool opportunity.

Laurie Craig
Lead Naturalist

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