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Bear Country U.S.A.‏

May 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

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As I left the Black Hills on Friday afternoon, I made one more stop just eight miles before I got to Rapid City, South Dakota. Bear Country U.S.A. is a drive-through wildlife park with a lot of black and grizzly bears and quite a variety of other wildlife.

The animals roam free in 250 acres of natural Black Hills habitat. It is the people who are caged in.

The park requires all visitors to stay in their car with their windows closed. I obeyed the first part of their requirements.

I could drive quite close to the wild animals. And with my 300mm telephoto lens connected to my 1.4x teleconverter on my camera’s APS-C sensor I was able to pull them in about as close as with a 700mm lens.

Like these shots:

A Bighorn Sheep

A Bighorn Sheep

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An Arctic Wolf

An Arctic Wolf

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An Elk

An Elk

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A Skunk

A Skunk

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And, of course, a bear:

A Black Bear

A Black Bear

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