Today Show: Willie Geist Goes Grizzly Bear Tracking
The grizzly bear may be an endangered species, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t one of the most fearsome animals to roam Yellowstone National Park. As one of the last refuges for the elusive grizzly bear, Yellowstone hosts some 600 of these animals. Willie Geist ventured into the wild with a guide at Yellowstone to track some of these animals, and came back with interesting results.
Today Show: Grizzly Bears Can Run Up To 30 Miles An Hour
In 2011, two hikers were killed in a grizzly bear attack, which Kerry Gunther of Yellowstone National Park says are almost always caused when a grizzly is reacting to a surprise encounter and reacting defensively. It should come as no surprise that these hikers met their demise given that these bears can run at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, which is all the more amazing when one considers that male grizzlies can top the scale at around 700 pounds.
Today Show: Casey Anderson Tracks Grizzlies For A Living
Willie met up with tracker Casey Anderson, a wildlife naturalist who leads tracking expeditions into the remote Montana wilderness, to go in search of a grizzly bear. Casey said that they bears are just coming out of hibernation and are making up for lost weight by eating and drinking all they can.
Today Show: Willie And Casie Spot Two Grizzly Bears
The tracking started slow – with the group going only by the occasional track and the sounds of other, smaller animals, which Casey Anderson said are good indicators that bears are around if they are making enough noise. When Casey found some new tracks, which were characterized by massive gashes made by the up to four-inch claws the bears have, though, it wasn’t long before they had spotted their first bear.
Eventually, the two found what could have been a couple, male and female, roaming in a small thicket. With two bears sighted, it was safe to say that Willie Geist and Casey Anderson had a productive morning.