No this bear has not become so attached to the salmon it wants to cuddle the fish rather its front paw was injured in a fight and it is not able to hold the salmon. This bear got into a fight with a mother grizzly that had a cub close and came out second best. Its front paw cannot support any weight but it manages to catch and eat salmon and is putting on the necessary bulk to survive hibernation. Only time will tell if it will survive the winter but so far we have been watching it for over a month and all is well.
The photos are not as clear as they could be but my excuse is that I was maneuvering the boat while taking photos one-handed. The interesting aspect is the location. We were heading back to the lodge from a day’s successful whale watching to find this grizzly swimming between islands. We were about eight miles from the lodge toward Vancouver Island. It has become more common in the past five years to see and have reports of grizzly bears in the area of the lodge and closer to Vancouver Island. As a result of the healthy population of grizzly bears in Knight Inlet the sub-adult bears are being forced out of the area and are starting to migrate down the Inlet and across Johnstone Strait to take up residence on Vancouver Island. Grizzly bears have been sighted on the Island from Sayward to Port McNeil. To view a map of the areas mentioned scroll down the sidebar on the left to “Pages” then to “Google Map of Grizzly Bear Lodge Itinerary”.
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