19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mating Season

This huge black bear was walking back to his den after foraging in corn fields and picked up the scent of a female that had just traveled the area before him. It was mating season.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: East Lake, North Carolina, United States of America
Copyright: © Karen Lorenzo