This is a grizzly bear sitting in a pool in the Glendale river in Knight Inlet. The fish that you see are returning Pink Salmon. On a good return the river is black with fish. This is important, because our coastal Grizzly Bears rely on the protein rich salmon to put on enough wait to make it through their winter hibernation.
Knight Inlet is north of Campbell River on mainland BC off the east shore of Vancouver Island. Our lodge on Minstrel Island is approximately 20 kilometers from the mouth of Knight Inlet. A further 25 kilometers up the inlet and you are at the viewing area. The fall viewing stands provide great photo opportunities of grizzly bears feeding on the salmon. Some of the bears seem to be posing for the camera but their main interest in eating as “den time” is not that far away. The white shape in the water behind the bear is a dead salmon. This grizzly sat in the pool below the viewing stands and picked salmon of the bottom and wasted few calories doing so, which means more fat.
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