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”.
This is the second photo that Rainer was kind enough to send to us
“VERY close approach, raising our pulse rates”
Seeing a Grizzly Bear on land is an experience that few people ever forget. There is something special about being on the same level as these amazing animals in a safe, yet very much wild situation.
Rainer Beck, Bornheim, GermanyVisit our Blog