In the spring grizzly bears are on the beaches to turnover rocks. This inter-tidal zone “food” is high in protein and is made up of crab, clams, barnacles, amphipods and other tiny invertebrates. The “beach food” is important because the numerous berries (huckle berries, salmon berries, black berries, thimble berries, salal berries etc.) do not become ripe until late spring and summer. This is a common pose for the grizzlies as they roll rocks, as rock roll easier down hill and were are in a boat on the down hill side of the bears. Also the bears accept our presence and any concern (fear) they have comes from up the beach where larger bears may approach out of the bush or forest.
….the second is the bear with a salmon in its mouth. Note: I used (Pentax Optio Wpi 6MP and 3X Optical Zoom) that does not have a great zoom feature but I know the guests got great pictures. It is an interesting sensation watching a grizzly when the river is not that deep and the bear could cross without much effort. And even though Rick knows the grizzlies and has spent twenty years on the river he is still armed and prepared.Visit our Blog