16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Black Bear Au Naturel

The ranger who greeted us at the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary Wildlife and Eagle Center in Ketchikan, Alaska, told us that we would not see a black bear on our hike. They were still in hibernation, he said. Then about ten minutes into the hike, he received a message on his radio that there was a wildlife sighting ahead. We all rushed to a meadow, and there in the distance was a black bear, out of hibernation and healthy, helping himself to a snack of vibrantly green grass.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2018
Date Uploaded: 09.2018
Photo Location: Ketchikan, Alaska, United States of America
Camera: COOLPIX L840
Copyright: © Bonnie Rucobo