21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mother's Reassurance

A brown bear cub ran to its mother when it noticed a large male bear in the next meadow. Adult male bears are a threat to first-year cubs and may kill them. The cub reached its mother and stood up, leaning against her, seeking her protection.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Silver Salmon, Alaska, United States of America
Copyright: © Charles Janson