Wild West stand-off

Charlie Hamilton James's Image

Charlie left his camera trap in this location for nearly six months. Knowing this was the spot where park rangers deliberately leave carcasses to keep the bears away from the road, Charlie hoped to capture these imposing predators scavenging. Sifting through the 200,000 images captured by the trap, Charlie came across this spectacular shot.

The Yellowstone grizzly bear population has been protected since the 1970s and is now recovering. However, there are proposals to remove the bears from the federal list of protected species, raising concerns this will negatively impact on numbers and have knock-on effects for the park’s ecology.

Behind the lens

Charlie Hamilton James


Charlie Hamilton James is a wildlife and conservation photographer for National Geographic Magazine. He specialises in stories and issues in South America and East Africa. He has shot 14 stories for National Geographic.

Image details

  • Nikon D7100
  • 10-24mm lens at 24mm
  • 1/2500 sec at f5.6  •   ISO 1600
  • Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
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