The viewing stands used by Grizzly Bear Lodge are located overlooking the small area the salmon rest in before moving over the weir into the man-made spawning channel. This also makes for an ideal area for grizzly bears to catch the pink salmon that drift down river either having died from exhaustion prior to spawning or having escaped from other grizzlies feeding up stream. This photo shows a grizzly enjoying its catch as well as three other salmon behind the bear. This bear is less that 15 meters (45 feet) from the stand and the photo shows that this is a female pink salmon (males have a large hump on their back and thus the name “humppy”) and the preferred catch for the bears because of the fat rich egg row is contains.
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