Grizzly bear viewing on the rivers of BC’s Knight Inlet always presents opportunities for interesting photos. It is rare to see a grizzly standing with a salmon. Normally once the bear has the salmon it starts to eat immediately so it can get back to fishing for the next salmon. This bear seems in good shape but it still has long legs. The long legs means that it does not have the barrel of a fat belly that bears get when they are closer to hibernation that make their legs appear to be short and stumpy. Being that this photo was taken at the end of August with two more months to fatten it is more likely that this bear’s stomach is full for the day. Being that it has been eating sedge grass for most of the summer its stomach has not stretched to accommodate the larger meals.
This mother and black bear cub are also beach feed as was the grizzly in yesterdays post but they are spending most of their time turning over rocks in search of crab, clams, barnacles, amphipods and other tiny invertebrates. Black bears do not normally have access to the salmon in the rivers because of the grizzlies, so much of their protein in from this beach food.Visit our Blog