Established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1967, the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary and Refuge is home to the world’s largest population of wild brown bears. Photographer Jon Jacobs’s first trip there proved to be a rewarding experience. “Though I spend quite a bit of time around bears, this experience was like no other,” he said. “Bears gathered all around—in the distance as well as nerve-rackingly close! This shot was taken during a lazy afternoon siesta where everyone (bears included) was soaking up the warm June sun. I watched this fellow sleep a bit. Upon waking, he spent several minutes stretching in field.”
Nikon D700, AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II. Exposure: 1/640 sec., ƒ/7.1, ISO 400.