In the spring of 1997, naturalist Charlie Russell and artist Maureen Enns became foster parents of three wild grizzly bear cubs whose mother had been killed by a hunter.
Enns stresses neither she nor her partner threw caution to the winds. However, the risks of approaching a wild animal are real. For information on keeping safe in bear country, please visit: https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/blog/inside-nature-the-bear-blog-keeping-safe-in-bear-country/
"We don’t sit out there taking unnecessary risks,” Enns says. “We study the bears carefully and we carry pepper spray” to ward off attacks — though she is happy to report that they have never had to use it. Still, the risks are real. In 1996, for instance, prominent wildlife photographer Michio Hoshino, a veteran grizzly observer, was killed by a 7-year old Kamchatka bear that had become used to eating at a garbage dump and thus lacked the wild bear’s instinct to avoid people.