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Brown Bear With Cubs

    This is "Milkshake," a very fertile female who brought the four cubs into the world this spring while in hibernation and has raised three of them to a robust size. The fourth one is quite small. They are standing on a sandspit that extends out into Naknek Lake and is a favorite spot for bears planning a fishing expedition into the shallow water. The white specks are gulls.

   The brown bear, (Ursus arctos) is one of the three species indigenous to North America. The others are the black bear (Ursus americanus, common through much of the USA and Canada), and the polar bear (Ursus maritimus).

   Every so often Mom has to count the troops to make sure they're all there:

   Here's another shot of Milkshake and the kids, plus another bear:

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