Well, it was 87 degrees here in Jackson Hole today, but we have proof positive that summer is ending (which means winter won't be far behind).
The bears are coming down out of the mountains already and looking for food in the valley. I took these photos yesterday of a black bear that was pulling down berry shrubs and stripping them of the berries. This is about a half mile from my house.
I was able to sit in my car and watch the bear working on the berry bushes for about half an hour. The photos aren't great because the bear was behind a screen of bushes, but you can get the idea.
You'll see that the bear has ear tags and if you enlarge the photos you can tell that the tag says "GTNP 99", which stands for Grand Teton National Park Bear Number 99.
I've sent the photos off to one of the park biologists to see if I can get any history on this bear. It's a pretty large bear for a black bear.
Edited by Bob Peters - 8/27/12 at 6:11pm