In the spring quests on the tours from Grizzly Bear Lodge view the bears in the sedge grass. Sedge grass stalks are spiky, wide and stiff but the sedge grass is up to 25% protein, and this is the reason why grizzly bears prefer eating it to other grasses. The spring a grizzly bears diets consist of approximately 70% of sedge grass to replenish their lack of proteins during hibernation. Diets shift with the seasons, as summer approaches the berries start to replace the sedge grass and fall brings the salmon into the Glendale River.
On the lodge wildlife tours during the hot days of July and August we frequently see grizzly bears in the water. The water in the Glendale estuary are a mixture of salt and fresh water which the grizzly bears often drink. That is to say the bears do not end up with a heavy coating of salt when they leave the water. And it is better to have them in the water cooling off than moving into the shade away from our viewing.
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