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.
Black bears are where you find them. This seems like the statement of the obvious but black bears tend to come down to the beach at low tide in search of protein made up of crab, clams, barnacles, amphipods and other tiny invertebrates. Low tides occur at different times each day so finding black bears is not so much location but being near a good beach at the correct time. Day tours to grizzly bears, whales or to the wild river on the extra day in the lodge all provides opportunities to view black bears. The above photo by Marc and Solange from France was taken returning to the lodge at the end of a whale watching day when we came through a narrow channel and found a black bear swimming between small islands… More tomorrow.
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