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Brown Bear Story: Marie G

“Late in the evening on 7/14/15 an unknown sow and her tiny spring cub showed up on the far side of the river at Brooks Falls. There were several large males nearby. After a few minutes they tried to leave but couldn’t climb the steep bank. It seemed they were trapped and I was concerned for the cub. I’d only been watching the bears for a week and I didn’t know what to expect.


After awhile the mother bear and her cub got away. I had no idea that it was only the beginning of the adventures of 273 and her beloved cub “Velcro.” They stole my heart, right from the beginning.” – Marie G

Thank you to all the wonderful Brown Bear stories, we are so excited to see what wonderful surprises we see this summer! Make sure to tune in, all season long, for more bear fun!

  • Owl_&_Osprey_Lover_ 02

    Velcro is so sweet!

  • flowerbear

    lovely story, marie G. and great pics, too!!! i’d never heard that beginning (for the cams, at least), very sweet! i’ve been enchanted by them since the “at-the-falls-holding-onto-mama’s-rear” behavior that gave velcro his username! what a cutie! and (eventually) what a loving mom!

  • De from NC

    We so love Velcro, thanks Marie G! Love the photo of little Velcro!

  • vegas1963

    had no idea; I loved this story !and was saddened by 451 cub passing and it was before my love for bears- I hope we get a chance to see Velcro back this summer
    grown up and healthy

  • kenairiver

    Thanks for your memory story Marie. I remember that night as if yesterday. All our stomachs were in knots!! He was the bravest tiny cub, and delightful and naughty yearling!! We all love Velcro and can’t wait to see him back and thriving as an independent bear!!