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.
This is a common sight in the Glendale River estuary of Knight Inlet, which is the main location for the lodge’s grizzly bear tours. The spring sedge grass that both the deer and grizzlies graze is high in protein and keeps the bears going until the salmon arrive in August. Only once in my ten years guiding have I seen a bear attempt to catch a deer and that was after a deer had swum across the bay and the bear assumed it was tired but it wasn’t. On the flat of the beach the deer have an advantage and the energy use does not compare to the possible gain.
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