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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Ever Vigilant Brown Bear Mother

A mother and two cubs feeding in a marshy area of Finland's Eastern border with Russia. Their fur was damp from a recent shower. The mother brown bear, being ever vigilant, was always aware of other bears in the area. The other bears in the area always gave way to her and the cubs.

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Date Taken: 06.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Martinselkonen, Finland
Copyright: © Jack Kostelec