This photo presents what seems to be a common pose for grizzly bears on a wildlife tour from our lodge. Fortunately the pose only lasts while the bear is turning over rocks and they do move from rock to rock and the trip allows hours of observing bears so there is ample time for good photos. The reason for this pose is the beaches slope to the water and it is easier to roll rocks downhill than uphill.
The abundance of salmon mentioned in yesterday’s post is also the reason for the number of cubs we see from the viewing platforms. Although the grizzly bear count for the Glendale River area is more than forty-five bears, once the salmon have arrived to spawn, there are sufficient salmon to satisfy the hunger of all the bears. That is to say there is not much aggression between bears for fishing rights. There are three time slots for using the viewing stands, ours being from 10:00 to 12:00, for a total of six hours a day. The larger male bears are shyer and less likely to appear during this time allowing the mothers bring their cubs to fish and feed without fear from the males. As this picture from James O’Donoghue of Great Britain shows a mother and cubs coming for lunch.