The Mendenhall Glacier area has a large population of black bears. Salmon start running up Steep Creek next to the visitors center in late July or early August. Once the salmon arrive in the stream, about 10 to 14 black bears come down from the hills to start feasting on the sockeye salmon. These two cubs were born to a mother bear that has had three sets of black and brown cubs that she has raised along Steep Creek. Black bears are not all black, they come in many color phases including dark black, brown, cream and white. I shot the photo of these two cubs from the raised bear/salmon viewing platform built by the Forest Service along Steep Creek.