With a big ol’ bruin comes big ol’ feet, and this grizzly bear is living proof as he makes a trail through Yukon Territory snow.
“Look at those huge feet!” lauds David Troup via his Yukon Wildlife Cams over the weekend. This past winter, Troup captured the enormous bruin as he waltzes the snow through his Canadian territory. The footage is in slow motion, he notes “to highlight the size of it’s feet.”
As the grizzly bear moves on, he “then investigates the marking tree used by both grizzlies and black bears this year,” Troup cites. Genuinely, the size of the paw pads on this giant is truly remarkable. Bears’ back feet have an oddly-human quality to them whereas their front paws are much more of what we think of as “paws.”
Troup says the behavior we’re seeing is a result of the grizzly making a trail in the snow to a popular scent spot. The tree, which you’ll see the big bear examine below, has been previously marked by other grizzly and black bears of the area.
Look at those huge feet! A grizz passes by a camera in slow motion to highlight the size of it’s feet, then investigates the marking tree used by both grizzlies and black bears this year.Yukon Wildlife Cams
For Grizzly Bears, It’s All About Territory
Troup’s footage comes courtesy of his Yukon Wildlife Cams page on Facebook. After the bear’s massive paws picked up steam on social media, he’d speak to FTW Outdoors to provide a bit more detail.
The Outsider tells the trade that his motion-sensor trail cam captured this video back in September. He hasn’t been able to post the footage until this past Saturday, however. This is due to the immense backlog of summer and autumn footage he Troup has to sort through. As this happens, he’s uploading interesting bits onto his page for followers to enjoy throughout winter.
“I bring in about half my cameras for winter as wildlife activity slows down but human activity increases with easier access to more remote spots via snow machine, skis, and snowshoes,” he tells FTW.
The Yukon locale we’re seeing above is a “hotspot” for grizzly bear activity, too, Troup says. This “huge feet footage” comes from only a mile away from where he would previously film a grizzly charging in slow motion mere feet from one of his trail cameras. The footage, which you can view here, went viral on account of the bruin’s immense stature and claws.
In this video, the grizzly bear’s main concern is also territory. Grizzlies are the most territorial of brown bears, as they occupy massive swaths of land where they must compete with one another for resources. This makes them far more prone to aggression than their coastal brown bear counterparts. All browns, however, are extremely dangerous and should always be treated with the utmost caution.
If this has peaked your interest, click here to learn the definitive difference between a brown and grizzly bear courtesy of a Katmai National Park ranger.