Black Bears are a common sight in our area. Unlike the Grizzly Bears they do not congregate in great numbers around the salmon rivers. They would if they could, but the Grizzlies are the more dominant bear and push the Black Bears out. Black Bears are smaller and have short, very sharp claws that allow them to climb trees with ease. Grizzly’s long, curved digging claws prevent them from climbing, except as young cubs.
This is the third grizzly from the posting of June 18th. It came down the bank of the river not far from our boat and had absolutely no interest in what we were doing. It was about 15 meters (yards) away and as far as it’s interest it could have been a kilometer (mile) away. It passed by and went to the edge of the water and stared out into the bay for about five minutes. Seemed to lose interest and returned to be with the other grizzlies. All I can think of is that there were two yachts anchored in the bay and maybe it smelled food.
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