Pronghorn Productions

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Brown Bear Video

Click the image above to see a screener of brown and grizzly bear stock video footage. Clips can be viewed in their entirety and purchased at HDNatureFootage.net or viewed here in Quicktime format.

Filming Brown (aka Grizzly) Bear Stock Video Footage

For better or worse, about the best place to film brown (aka grizzly) bears is in national park units. Most noteworthy of which is Yellowstone National Park where the grizzlies are abundant and relatively tolerant of people. Dawn and dusk are the best times and spring and fall are the best seasons (primarily because there are many fewer people at the park). The nearby Grand Teton National Park and Glacier National Park are about the only other options in the Lower 48 states. Another outstanding park in which to see brown bears, but one that is a expensive challenge to get to, is Katmai National Park in Alaska. The park is legendary for the brown bears that feed on the Brooks River, and especially the falls, on the abundant salmon runs. July is the peak of the run; however, June, August, and even September still provide plenty of great photo opportunities and with few crowds. Brown bears can be seen in most Alaska parks, such as Denali, but they tend to be in low densities.

Of course one needs to use sound judgement as brown bears do indeed attack people, although the situations can usually be avoided.

Pronghorn Productions now sells its brown bear (aka grizzly bear) stock video footage at:

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Brown (aka Grizzly) Bear

Brown bear taxonomy has been confusing and changing for some time. Several decades ago most taxonomists called the brown bears in Yellowstone and the interior of Alaska grizzlies. The bears near the coast that fed on salmon were often referred to as brown bears. The salmon-eating bears on Kodiak Island, which grew massive thanks to the rich diet of salmon, were called Kodiak bears. Nowadays, these are all referred to simply as brown bears with the understanding that their huge variation in size and color is primarily due to diet and individual variation. So brown bear is the accepted name (however, this too is somewhat confusing as black bears can occassionally be found in a brown phase).

Brown bears once ranged throughout most of North America including places such as the Great Plains, where they are now extirpated. Nowadays they are only found in rugged and difficult to reach areas that still contain the vast wildernesses the bears need to survive.