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If this had gone as planned, you’d be seeing a ferocious bear snapping at the photographer’s feet. The meat “reward” sort of spoils the effect, though.

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Photographer Joel Sartore shakes in his boots as one of Scott Handley’s trained bears responds to commands.

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Trainer Scott Handley works with one of his bears in a park in California. Photographer Joel Sartore’s foot seeks its fifteen minutes of fame.

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Trainer Scott Handley works with one of his bears in a park in California

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Photographer Joel Sartore shakes in his boots as one of Scott Handley’s trained bears responds to commands.

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A mother grizzly bear and her young at Kodiak NWR in Alaska.

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A mother grizzly bear and her young at Kodiak NWR in Alaska.

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A mother grizzly bear and her young at Kodiak NWR in Alaska.

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A mother grizzly and her cub at Kodiak NWR, Kodiak Island, Alaska.

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A mother grizzly bear and her young at Kodiak NWR in Alaska.

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A mother grizzly bear and her two cubs on Kodiak Island, Alaska.

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A mother grizzly and her cub at Kodiak NWR, Kodiak Island, Alaska.

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Grizzly bear fishing for sockeye salmon near Kodiak, Alaska.

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Sibling grizzlies play at Kodiak NWR on Kodiak Island, AK.

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Grizzly bear fishing for sockeye salmon near Kodiak, Alaska.

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A grizzly bear in fall color in Denali National Park in Alaska’s interior.

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A grizzly bear in fall color in Denali National Park in Alaska’s interior.

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A grizzly bear in fall color in Denali National Park in Alaska’s interior.

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Grizzly bear in fall color in Denali National Park in the Alaskan interior.

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A grizzly bear in fall color in Denali National Park in Alaska’s interior.

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A grizzly crosses the tundra in Denali National Park in Alaska’s interior.

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A grizzly bear in fall color in Denali National Park in Alaska’s interior.

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A grizzly bear in fall color in Denali National Park in Alaska’s interior.

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A grizzly bear in fall color in Denali National Park in Alaska’s interior.

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