The metal cage on the right side of the photo is the entrance to one of the viewing stands located on Knight Inlet’s Glendale River. We are in the stands from August 25 to mid-October and that is a “safe” place to be when the grizzly bears are coming that close. The bears have adjusted to our presence and will pass close to and underneath the stands. The river, which contains the salmon the bears are catching, is down the height of the viewing stands (3 meters or 9 feet) and out another ten to fifteen meters. A good telephoto lens is nice but not a necessity.
A mother grizzly and her two cubs visit the viewing stands used by the lodge after August 24th. The grizzly bears come to the area in the fall because of the abundance of spawning salmon in the river. This abundance allows the bears to feed and gain sufficient weight (140 to 180 kg, 300 to 400 lbs) to last through hibernation. The spring viewing occurs in the river estuary of Knight Inlet’s Glendale Cove where the bears feed on the sedge grass and protein found along the shore. This mother and two-year-old cubs spent the summer along the shore and have recently moved up the river to bulk up for the winter.
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