Bear Bath with Brutus

 

 

by Sherry Gillam

It was mid October when I first met Brutus & his bear friends.  So very many times I have passed this place, which is only about 15 min east of Bozeman and located just off the interstate.  Seemed like such a “tourist trap”, so I had never even considered visiting the place.  Guess I didn’t even realize that it was a sanctuary.

 

My friend Diana, an animal communicator, had done some volunteer work at Montana Grizzly Encounter, invited me to go with her.  The experience wasn’t at all like I expected.  The fall air was a bit brisk and it was still fairly early in the day, we pretty much had the place to ourselves.  It was quiet and peaceful, I felt like an unseen observer…taking many photos with unobstructed views.  The setting so natural, it would seem real in the photos.   It’s not often you get an opportunity to take photos of grizzly bears up close, without fear of being attacked and chomped on.

 

Each bear had scheduled “viewing” time, having great open space to seek out food, eat, lounge and play.  That also meant we got quality bear time.  The bears didn’t even seen to mind that anyone was around, they were just happy and content to just be bears. The bears all revealed individual personalities, but Brutus stood out. It was as if he loved to entertain. The curator was more than happy to answer all our questions and he was filled with lots of interesting information, learned a lot.

Definitely a great experience, I will go back againJ

 

Visit Montana Grizzly Encounter at:

http://www.grizzlyencounter.org/

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