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On Golden Pond

On Golden Pond
Photograph by Robert Caputo

Ten-month-old Houdini takes a dip near the cub cage where he was raised. Despite the care of rehabilitator Ben Kilham, the cards were stacked against the young male bear. Lacking the protection of a motherís home range, which wild cubs enjoy, he had been badly beaten by both Squirty and another bear by the time he was two. After each encounter he fled up to 30 miles away, where he was eventually recaptured by Kilham. “From his trials and tribulations, I learned a lot about dispersal,” says Kilham, a naturalist who studies bear behavior. “He had tremendous social pressures to leave.”



Camera: Nikon 8008
Film Type: Fuji Astia 100
Lens: Nikkor 80-200 f2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Late afternoon
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