This mother grizzly with the salmon and her cub are about 50 meters (yards) across the river acting natural – fishing. The guests most often comment that this experience is much different than viewing grizzlies on Knight Inlet’s Glendale River the location of our primary grizzly viewing. First is that you are not in a skiff on the river or a viewing stand overlooking the spawning channel. Your are sitting across a river from a grizzly and if it choose could cross the river. Second there is Rick who has spent close to thirty years with these bears. They know his voice and respond in a calm manner when they hear Rick talking to them. If they are walking up river to where you are sitting Rick will stand and start talking as we back off to another location. The bears do not turn and run rather they continue toward you to complete their task and you get to watch them fish.
The abundance of salmon in an area determines what part of the salmon is eaten by a grizzly bear. The more salmon the more likely that the grizzly bears will eat just the head, skin and row, which are the choice parts of the salmon for a bear. This is also true once the bears are fatter they tend to be more selective in what portion of the salmon they eat. So at the start of season and the end when the bears need to put on those last few pounds they eat the whole salmon.Visit our Blog