All mothers know they have a to keep close watch on their little ones lest they get themselves into trouble. This female Black Bear was no different.
She was eating acorns off of trees at the top of a hill and as she did, her cubs were exploring the area below. Sensing they might be straying too far, she stood tall to get a good look and check up on them.
I was ecstatic to be able to capture the moment and while I was a safe distance away, I have to admit it was a bit intimidating getting a view of just how big she was.
The American Black Bear (Ursus americanus) is the only bear known to be currently found in Colorado. They can be 5 to 6 feet long and weigh 200 to 600 pounds with males being larger than females.
Image taken in the foothills southwest of Denver.