Grizzly Bear lodge’s grizzly tours from May to mid-August are in Knight Inlet’s Glendale River estuary. The bears come to this area to graze on the sedge grass and to turn over rocks at low tide for protein. However the large males which also appear have something else on their mind. Mating season runs from May to early July. Cubs are usually born between January and March. The female usually has two cubs. The cubs are blind and weigh approximately 500 grams (one pound) at birth. The cubs will grow to weigh 3-4 kg (7 to 8 lbs.) prior to emerging from the den in spring. The bear in this photo was in the area for several days until he approached the female in tomorrows posting.
This photo was taken on August 23rd just two days before our grizzly bear tours are permitted to use the viewing stands on the Glendale River. This grizzly was in the river’s estuary and the guests were in the large skiff used to move up and down the river. The bear was approaching the river and eventually swam across to follow the salmon up river. The grass is at least a meter (three feet) high so this is not a small bear and the stare from the bear means we were within its comfort zone so we drifted down river to let it pass.
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