If you have ever wondered what a bear sees when it is moving around in the wild and foraging, you might want to watch the video linked below, made by the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game. Somehow they got a small camera mounted on a wild 10-year old, 700 pound male grizzly in the Copper River Basin of Southcentral Alaska.
A 20-second video clip (and audio) was recorded once every 15 minutes between mid-May and mid-June 2011. The Fish and Game department edited those clips in one day into a continuous flow of scenes.
You can watch it on the Vimeo site, A Bear’s Eye View: A Day in the Life of a Bear from ADF&G.
At first it is a little disorienting, because the horizon in the video is tilted greatly for some shots and the first ones are dark, but if you keep watching you will see the grizzly finding some fish in ice, drinking water and walking through various habitats.
At about 3:23 the clips show the correct orientation of the horizon as it appears the camera is positioned below the head, so you can see the ground, brush and trees ahead. Being able to go along with a real wild grizzly is a fascinating privilege. About ten seconds later, we get see another bear ahead of the one with the camera.
At some point the grizzly goes for a swim. At around 7 minutes it appears the bear comes upon a moose carcass, and eats part of it.
Before the ten minute mark, after walking around the bear seems to return to the carcass, and eat again. There is a funny moment around 10:10 when it shakes its head, and the camera whips from side to side.
At about 11:13 we suddenly see the head and front of another grizzly bear! This encounter was described as a mating attempt by a news outlet.
Most videos available to the public only show the human points of view, while there is nothing wrong with that type of content it is very refreshing to see a bear’s point of view in his own wild habitat.
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