Item Number: 3216LR
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ABOUT THE IMAGE:
Like Eyes of the Grizzly
, Thomas D. Mangelsen’s Mountain Outlaw
is an attention grabber and a showstopper. Here, a 700-pound male, a formidable grizzly in Yellowstone appears to be huffing straight toward the viewer.
Front claws visible, evincing an ancient look that passes right through us, the dramatic moment reminded Mangelsen of the primitive sensation he’s known while photographing African lions.
“The photograph is an illusion in two ways,” Mangelsen says. “For one, the bear isn’t sparring for a fight with me. He has his eyes on something located beyond my left shoulder—a female in estrus that has his attention. For another, he has no harmful intention in mind for humans.”
This grizzly, whose size and old age has earned him primacy, was earlier feeding on a huge bison carcass along the Yellowstone River, the buffalo having fallen through the winter ice and perished. Afterward, the mighty bear fought off other rivals who were trying to court a female with whom he found companionship.
“Pound for pound, is there anything more impressive than a grizzly?” Mangelsen asks. “The fact that we’ve made space for them in the Lower 48 makes me proud to be an American. We need to remain forever vigilant if we want them to persist.”