Beware the Steaming Bear

It’s not unusual to come upon plumes of steam coming from the ground when you’re hiking in Yellowstone.    You just walk around the vent, and keep on your way.

Sometimes though, the steam in front of you is not what you think.

If you’re starting a walk across a meadow on a cold fall morning with the sun glaring in your eyes, I have a bit of advice.

Look out!

That little column of steam may be coming from something a little scarier than a hole in the ground.


Yep.  You guessed it.  It’s a bear.  A grizzly bear.


The ravens hanging around him are a good hint that he’s got something to eat.

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And we all know that a grizzly bear is kind of OK with the ravens hanging around, but he’s not so willing to share his breakfast with you and me.



Time to retreat.

We could see him just fine from the safety of the road.

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About westerner54

Hello. I'm Cindy, and I love to hike, bike and explore the outdoors - particularly the western U.S.
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16 Responses to Beware the Steaming Bear

  1. What an amazing thing to witness and to capture it… WOW!

  2. Jeff Katzer says:

    Wow, that’s a big bear. Cool pics, thanks

  3. Jeff Katzer says:

    As you can see, we’ve been tracking some really dangerous creatures too:

  4. Very cool! He must have been hot.

  5. Lyle Krahn says:

    Nice to have an early warning system like that. That must have been a fun experience.

  6. Jet Eliot says:

    Holy cow, that’s quite a hiking adventure! Thanks for sharing the grizzly photos…really fantastic!

  7. Oh my. Aren’t they supposed to be hibernating by now? What an interesting thing to run across!

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