In the Knight Inlet area it is rare to see Black Bears feeding on salmon in the river. The reason for this is that the Grizzly Bears are the dominant bears and push the black bears out of these prime areas. The Black Bears tend to be more spread out and when the tide is low we often spot them rolling rocks on the beach looking for shore crab.
The fall grizzly bear watching season in Knight Inlet starts on August 24th and at this time guests are permitted into the viewing stands on the Glendale River. The stands overlook the entrance the man-made spawning channel that contains over eighty thousand salmon as well as the natural river, which may contain several hundred thousand pink salmon over the season. This photo by Alfred Bittner shows two juvenile grizzlies, likely siblings, fishing side by side in the small rapids below the stands…more tomorrow.
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