Luwen & Liwen from Singapore got a great picture of a grizzly bear on the Glendale River in Knight Inlet eating one of the favourite parts of a salmon it just caught: the eggs or roe. During the peak of the salmon run the bears have access to an abundance of salmon at that time they will eat only the parts highest in calories – the eggs, skin and brains. Salmon roe and skin are also high in fat; grizzlies will often discard the body of the fish, which is left for the eagles. Early is the salmon run the grizzly devour the whole fish to “bulk up” for the coming winter this is also true later in the season for those bears that have not achieved sufficient weight or fat to survive the winter.
It is common for grizzly bears to meet in the grizzly bear viewing area used by Grizzly Bear Lodge. In the spring there are more than a dozen bears that frequent the area and in the fall once the salmon have arrived that number climbs to almost fifty bears. Serious fighting that ends up in injury is rare as the grizzlies all have the same goal “food”. It does not benefit a bear to be injured and therefore be unable to fatten for the winter hibernation. Most encounters leave both bears with “pride” intact as they go their own way.
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