Grizzly bear trail-cam appearance both awesome and terrifying

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A trail camera in Canada’s Yukon Territory has captured video footage showing a large grizzly bear standing and rubbing its back against a tree.

But the eye-catching portion is the aftermath: the bear charging toward the camera in slow motion, its massive head lurching downward with each step as the bruin approaches within feet of the camera.

“Look at those claws!” David Troup boasted Saturday on his Yukon Wildlife Cams Facebook post. “A grizzly bear runs toward the camera in slow motion after marking a tree in early August.”

An obvious comments reads, “Can you imagine standing where the trail camera is?”

Another follower joked, “Remember, you only have to be faster than your hiking partner!”

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The footage is revealing in that it shows the bear expressing itself in a natural environment without human influence.

Researchers believe bears scratch their backs on trees as a means of communication. Male grizzly bears will sometime mark several trees while in search of breeding mates.

The rest of Troup’s footage shows the bear’s determination to keep moving and, as some of his followers observed, the awesome power in a gait that’s somehow awkward and graceful.

Troup told FTW Outdoors that he monitors 15 motion-sensor cameras in the Yukon wilderness for possible posts to showcase the region’s wildlife.

He received several comments complimenting him for his editing skills.

Troup’s reply: “Thank you! I’ve developed a pretty good system for reviewing, organizing and sharing videos so I don’t repeat the same ones.”