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Amazing: Watch Grizzly Bear Cubs Hitch Ride on Mom’s Back

by Game & Fish Online Staff   |  June 20th, 2017 0

Watch these grizzly bear cubs grab a ride across the water on the Agulowak River in southwest Alaska.

Video by Dave Roseman

It’s a fact in Alaska that a salmon fishing trip might also include a bear sighting, especially this time of year, when bears are emerging from hibernation.

But a Father’s Day sighting of a mother bear and her two cubs on the Agulowak River in southwest Alaska near Bristol Bay was simply amazing.

During a fishing trip for king salmon that included Outdoors Sportsman Group‘s Steve Smith, the bears — with the cubs clinging to the back of the mother — were spotted by lodge General Manager Dave Roseman swimming toward shore in front of the GCI Agulowak Retreat lodge located near Dillingham, AK.

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Alaska bear cubs hitch a ride. Photo by Dave Roseman

Roseman quickly pulled out a camera to capture the video above and then shared it with us. (Thanks Dave!)

Smith was representing OSG, the parent company of Game & Fish, on the trip that included sponsors of General Communications, Inc.’s GCI Academic Decathlon, an effort to provide native Alaskans scholarships to colleges. GCI hosts a group of sponsors at the lodge every year.

According to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, the state is home to around 32,000 brown bears (or grizzlies), and human sightings are very common.

Hunters in Alaska harvest around 1,500 grizzlies per year, the agency said.

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Photo by Dave Roseman

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