When mom didn't let him have his way, one young brown bear knew exactly what to do: threaten risky behavior.
Such appears to have been the case to onlookers who watched as a mother bear snacked on her most recent catch, ignoring her offspring's growls that suggested it had hoped she would share.
When growling didn't work, the young bear climbed aboard a jet ski, as if threatening to take off and leave his troubles at home behind.
All of this was caught on camera by Graham Morrison, the owner of a fishing guide service in King Salmon, Alaska where the event took place. Not one to let an opportunity go, Morrison posted the images to Facebook, describing the course of events in the photos' captions.
Like humans, brown bears are adaptable animals able to consume a wide range of food with staples including salmon, berries, grasses, sedges, cow parsnip, ground squirrels, carrion and roots. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), brown bears are capable predators of moose and caribou -- especially newborns.
Although naturally solitary, brown bears can be found in larger groups in the presence of concentrated food sources, which in turn has forced them to adapt socially, including "a complex language and social structure to express their feelings and minimize serious fights," the ADFG reports.
Most brown bears in Alaska can be found along the southern coast of the state where salmon is most abundant. Furthermore, the coastal areas offer a wide variety of vegetation in addition to milder weather. As a result, brown bears are typically able to grow larger and live in higher densities than their cousins the grizzlies who call the northern and interior parts of the state their home.
Though classified as the same species, brown and grizzly bears boast this and other notable differences.
"Kodiak bears (brown bears from the Kodiak Archipelago) are classified as a distinct subspecies (U. a. middendorffi) from those in the mainland (U. a. Horribilis) because they have been isolated from other bears since the last ice age about 12,000 years ago," the ADFG explains.
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