A Tale Of The Two ‘Mama Grizzlies’

As I watched on the National Geographic channel a program called Expedition Project Kodiak the interesting narrative caught my attention.

The scenery was beautiful, especially on Kodiak Island where most of this episode took place. The wildlife was at it’s most wild. The story was of a grizzly Brutus, who had been in captivity and was being introduced back into the natural wild, gradually.

In Expedition Wild: Project Kodiak, Casey Anderson travels to Alaska where he learns first hand how the bears in the wild interact and survive. His intent is to teach his beloved Brutus how to behave in part like his wild cousins. Video– short clip of the episode

It was interesting when this bear enthusiast sets up a tent in the middle of bear country. But, to my surprise he did put up an electric fence. Obviously, smarter then Timothy Treadwell. Casey Anderson knows about wild life. 

After witnessing a 54 inch Kodiak eat only the brain and the skin of the salmon and then abandoned it, he took a couple of bite out of the same fish and called it sushi.  But, that’s not what really kept my attention.

As the story went to Kodiak Falls where there are hundreds of bears who are in the water catching fish after fish, grabbing them out of the air. You’ve seen the footage, the pictures; they’re classic ‘grizzly’.


The different techniques of how each bear learns and how they teach to fish. Those mama bears really do vary as do humans. It’s all in the raising, the parenting. A lesson in nature of the different type of mama grizzly became so clear to me. This is a tale of the two ‘Mama Grizzlies’ of Alaska.

All mothers teach their young to be independent, and with proper input productive adults who support themselves. A teacher is one who modifies her behavior in the presence of young ones even at a cost to herself, in order to set examples that can be emulated. True teaching always involves live interaction between teacher and pupil. Keeping this definition in mind, it has been found that human mothers aren’t the only species who leave a legacy of behavior, good and bad in their offspring.

Mara with 4 cubs sat perched on the ridge of the falls teaching by example with great skill. Now this “Mama Grizzly’ is showing her cubs how to strike, how to focus on the the lesson at hand. And, how to grab that salmon right out of the air as it comes flying up stream.

And then we have Flo and her two irritating cubs, who steal their food from others. During the observation of Casey Anderson over a few hours this band of thieves being led by another sort of ‘mama grizzly’.

A sow who teaches her cubs skills such as, laying around lazily as the other bears do the hard work of a full day of fishing. Instead of enjoying the capture and kill by their own efforts this mama grizzly teaches her young to then come in and steal or snatch away the rewards of the other bears, sometimes right out of their grasp.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. AFM
    Dec 26, 2010 @ 05:40:56

    Sounded like a pretty good show. Funny how your 2 legged Mamma Grizzly teaches her human grizzlies how to take and take and never give back. Her babies learned to do drugs, get drunk, have run ins with the law, and one even was whored on on DWTS and was able to buy a new house in AZ. Now that is family values in action. Yep mamma grizzly teaching her young to lie and cheat the system to get ahead.


  2. WakeUpAmerica
    Dec 26, 2010 @ 07:55:46

    Grifting grizzlies? How apprapos!!


  3. Syrin
    Dec 26, 2010 @ 10:17:55

    Thank you for getting the point here.. And I didn’t even have to say her name..


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