Scarface Grizzly Bear in the Lamar Valley

May 19, 2011
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The grizzly bear nicknamed 'Scarface' travels along the Lamar River in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park in the spring of 2011.  He was given the name because he is wounded in the form of a large scar on the right side of his face and ear. (Mike Cavaroc)
A Yellowstone grizzly bear, nicknamed Scarface, walks along the Lamar River in the Lamar Lamar Valley.

While visiting Yellowstone National Park this past weekend, I wanted to spend an entire day in the Lamar Valley, something I realized I actually hadn’t done before. It payed off because while I was there bright and early, a few hours later a grizzly bear came out and walked along the Lamar River. I followed him, along with others, as he made his was up the river through the Lamar Valley and eventually even got some great shots of him as the river came closer to the road.

It turns out that this isn’t just any grizzly bear. This is the renowned bear nicknamed, Scarface. At roughly 25 years old, he got the name from a fight most likely with another grizzly that left a large scar on the right side of his face and even mangled a bit of his right ear. He’s an extremely powerful and resilient bear and has been spotted in most locations on the eastern side of Yellowstone National Park, so seeing him in the Lamar Valley was certainly a nice surprise!

Have you ever seen Scarface? Where were you?

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