This grizzly bear was in the pool, which is the entrance to the spawning channel. The water is too deep to allow the bears to pin the salmon on the bottom and then grab them with their mouth so the fishing technique is a little different. The salmon caught in this area are ones that have been injured or killed by the bears further up the channel and have drifted into deeper water and are being lifted off the bottom by the lazier bears. Less energy is used in this fishing and the salmon taste the same however on this day the water was a little “muddy” from the previous day’s rain so it was fishing by “Braille”.
These are the same cubs of yesterdays post but three months has passed and we are now up the river looking down from the viewing platform mentioned in the August 13th post. The mother has a little darker coat, which we have noticed seems to come after eating salmon for a month or more. They are sitting on a bank above the river watching a sub-adult grizzly fishing and soon move down to join the hunt. Other younger grizzlies will give a mother room on the river because they are a force you do not want to “upset”.
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