I just found this photo of the same bear that is even worse! Talk about composing in an uncomfortable way! I see this all the time during critiques and image reviews- closer is not always better. You’ve got to let the animal, or kid have space to move into otherwise it looks like solitary confinement! I should’ve listen to me!
It was a thrill to be this close but it resulted in a bad photo. Stay back, give the bear some space, keep it comfortable and zoom back to keep your photograph comfortable as well. It will be a win-win.