Most grizzlies’ first year cubs prefer not to be in the water. When they first come to the beach in the spring and are required to swim along some to the steep bank beaches the mother are forced to abandoned them to force them into the water. After August 24th the viewing activity moves up the river after the salmon arrive. In this photo the cub made it to the rock near the fishing hole but choose a dry perch. As long as mom came by to check on a regular basis all was good.
Today’s blog and pictures tie in with yesterdays. On the ground behind the last guest heading down to the falls is a dark patch of what look like dug up ground which is a mixture of scratching and bear scat shown in today’s first photo. Directly behind but hard to see is a green garden hose the second of today’s photos. Looking closely at the garden hose it is noticeable that it has been well chewed. The interesting thing is that neither of these was present the day before. On the trip the previous day we were on the cabin deck when two sub-adult grizzlies came up the trail from the falls and were not pleased that we were there as they wanted to pass on the road by the cabin and we made it uncomfortable for them. Rick had been having trouble with these two for several days and said the fresh bear scat and chewed garden hose meant that they were not happy with him either.