Kingdom of the Grizzly

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I had wandered out onto the Teklanika riverbed from the camp site when this fellow emerged from the dwarf willows along the west side of the river.  I believe this was a young boar, perhaps 300 pounds in weight, seeking food along the river bed.  During September the barren ground grizzlies enter a stage called ‘hyperphasia’ in which they are solely focused on finding and consuming food.  This is in response to the coming winter and hibernation; they must have sufficient reserves to outlast Alaska’s long, cold winters…

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