Knight Inlet’s Glendale River estuary is our normal viewing area for grizzly bears in the spring. The salmon have not arrived so one of the main source of food in the protein rich sedge grass which grows at the river mouth. Mother grizzly bears and cubs, in this case by their size they are last years cubs, come to the area for the sedge grass. At lower tides when the beach is exposed they turn over rocks for the high protein food of crabs, clams, barnacles, amphipods and other tiny invertebrates. These grizzlies remain in the area until the salmon arrive in August and then move up the river and we follow them to the viewing stands on the river.
It seems that most of the guests want to see a large grizzly bear when Grizzly Bear Lodge goes to the viewing stands on the Glendale River, however as a guide it is not my choice. From experience if there is a large grizzly by the stands that may be the only bear you see on that visit. The large males tend to dominate the area and the other grizzly bears especially those with cubs will wait until the male has left the area. Fortunately the really large males are not as comfortable around people and seem to come to fish in the area of the viewing stands outside of the designated viewing times. We know this because of the motion sensor cameras that have being used in the past.Visit our Blog