Grizzly at Rest
An Alaskan Peninsula Brown Bear takes a rest against a stump in the rain. The bears have been known to weigh up to 680 kg (1,500 lb), standing up to 3 metres (9.8 ft) tall on their hind legs , or 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) at the shoulder when on all four legs. Until 1975, they were considered a different species from the inland grizzly bear due to their increased size and slight difference in colour however they are all now considered to be Ursus arctos horribilis along with the other North American subspecies of grizzly bear (with the exception of the giant Kodiak bears of Kodiak Island). This shot was taken at Fortress of the Bear, a volunteer run refuge for orphanned bears. Sadly cubs are often left behind when their mothers are hit by cars or trucks, or when their mothers are shot for entering built up urban areas. Orphaned cubs that are human socialised though the rescue process are difficult to reintroduce to the wild, often spending their entire life in reserves such as this one if they are lucky enough not to be put down. The state of Alaska has no bear rehabilitation program in place, and unfortunately orphaned cubs are simply shot by the Department of Fish and Game for lack of an alternative. Sitka, Alaska.