After only about 15 minutes in the car, scanning the forest edge, I noticed a tiny bit of movement in a copse of trees. Then I realised that Jarkki's advice about Elk was spot on, there was a female Elk standing only 5 yards into the forest, browsing. We stopped the vehicle, reversed back down the road and she was standing in small clearing staring at us. She was intrigued by us, watching and listening intently as we were photographing and admiring this beautiful and elusive mammal. She really was very striking and I have to say I am absolutely delighted with the image I managed to get.
We made it back to the lodge in time to get our things ... ready for a second night in the Bear Hides. We once again had a late lunch which should keep us sustained for the evening ahead. My group decided that tonight they would try a variety of things. A couple decided that they would visit the "evening only" hide where they come back to the main lodge before midnight, another couple of individuals decided they wanted to spend their time at one of the "professional" hides and the others joined me once again in the main hide.
We were really hoping that tonight we might get to see some of the cubs interacting a little more and perhaps we would even get to see them climb some trees. Once we made it to the hides there was the excitement again, just as there was the night before. The evening started much quieter than the night before, perhaps because of the rain? I don't really know but I was a little worried that this evening might be a little disappointing compared to the evening before. I was being overly cautious as a leader though and this evening would disappoint!
It started off once again with the big male dominating the best spots, ensuring that no other bears would get close to his dinner, but there were a lot of families around and they females together seemed to have some power over this lone bear. You will notice throughout the following images that the rain only stopped as our bear viewing started, nearly all of the bears look soaked through at the start of the evening.
Take a look at the short video below and you can see the mischievous cubs enjoying their tree clim