Two grizzly bears search for salmon on the banks of the McNeil River. Grizzlies usually will not tolerate the presence of other adult grizzly bears, but the salmon run is a unique occurrence. Due to the huge availability of salmon grizzly bears do not feel the need to fight off challengers. There is more than enough food to go around, which is why you see two grizzly bears peacefully co-existing in this photograph.
The bear in the foreground is the largest bear present on this stretch of river, which means it can claim the best fishing spot. Other bears will acknowledge the supremacy of this bear, and seek out fish elsewhere.
Stock Image #20100809-192012