VIDEO: Park Ranger Shoos Big Grizzly and Cub Away

Brooks Falls grizzly bears with ranger
Source: Youtube

Montana and Alaska enjoy a good-natured rivalry, in that Alaska seems to be trying to be the Montana of the non-contiguous United States, while Montana wants to be a saner Alaska.  

Just look at the bears up there - they grow them the size of a 1959 Plymouth Fury. At Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park, where they let the bears run free like children, they even have the Fattest Bear Contest to celebrate the biggest, most monstrous predator lurking hungrily nearby. 

Just kidding, we love the Brooks Falls bears. We're just scared of them.  

So check out this video of a Ranger at Brooks Falls fearlessly shooing a mother grizzly (a gigantic mother grizzly named Grizzly 435, or Holly, who won the Fattest Bear contest herself a year or two ago!) and cub away from the lodge's buildings. She kicks at it and takes a stern, motherly tone with the two bears, and it works.

Brooks Falls ranger moving bears
Source: Youtube

You probably noticed that the cub is favoring one paw. This is because last week she had a run-in with an ornery porcupine that resulted in the poor little cub getting some quills to the foot, a painful but essential lesson not to mess with porcupines. 

The fearless Park Ranger, who the videographer thinks may be named Julie, is obviously great at her job. But the part of us that feels that Montana is superior to every other state or nation thinks that if that had been a Montana grizzly, it would be both leaner, and meaner. And a mere "shoo!" wouldn't be enough to dissuade it.  

But then again, we're biased. 

See the whole video below! 

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Kaybeeman (not verified) , Wed, 09/30/2020 - 22:17
Did they get the quills out?
Will (not verified) , Sun, 07/25/2021 - 18:07
That's what I wanted to know...
DHop (not verified) , Wed, 07/28/2021 - 09:03
Wild animals in a National Park are managed differently than zoo animals. We don't fix their problems for them, for several reasons. One reason is that sedating the cub to work on him would require sedating the mom also, which is dangerous for both of them and everyone involved. There are a lot of other reasons too, but it all pretty much boils down to letting them live their wild life in nature - with both the good and bad. He'll be fine in a few days as the quills make their way out.
MontanaTrace (not verified) , Sun, 07/25/2021 - 11:30
Dang! Not her first day on the job. What's with the cub's right front paw?
MontanaTrace (not verified) , Sun, 07/25/2021 - 11:32
Oops. Didn't see the whole story. Quills. Ugh!
roel reambo (not verified) , Sun, 07/25/2021 - 22:26
that ladu had some balls
Willy Winter (not verified) , Sun, 07/25/2021 - 23:17
Don’t mess with Julie
Melanie (not verified) , Mon, 07/26/2021 - 15:30
So did someone remove the quills? Poor thing can’t use its paw.
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