National Geographic : 2000 Dec
A slumbering giant is unmoved by her cub's struggle to scale her, but I am thrilled at the spectacle-and pleased my cold fingers are quick enough to capture the series. Living like a bear but not nearly as well insulated, I shiver even in the mod erate 20'F air after hours standing still, waiting for action. But this is mild weather for the sow, and maybe that's why she doesn't seem distressed by a photogra pher and snowmobile in plain sight. The cub isn't yet fat and furred enough to be invulnerable to the elements and, if it lost its mother, could easily starve or die of exposure. Ascending "mother hill" helps the young bear grow strong, but it may be more than two years before it is a capable hunter ready to live on its own.