National Geographic : 1990 Apr
U GRIZZLY BEAR URSUS ARCTOS HORRIBILIS Grizzlies once roamed North America by the tens of thousands. Today the animals are listed as threatenedin the lower 48 states, and truly thriving populations exist only in Alaska and Canada. I photographedten-year-old Bailey at a small zoo in Grand Prairie,Texas. It is stunning to have Bailey walk into a small room. His claws, elongatedfrom lack of use, click on the white linoleumfloor as he tours around in that way animals have sniffing, looking, touching with his nose. And then he comes to me. I crouch on my haunches at eye level with him. He gets bigger. And bigger. And bigger. I feel his hot breath-not breath exactly, more akin to wind. Here is Bear incarnate. Though he can wreak total destruction anytime he likes, he chooses to act gently, with delicacy, and the photographic session goes smoothly. Yet even now, many months later, I can stillfeel that breath.