If you read the posting from Jan 1 about the location of the viewing stands when we leave the finger viewing stand we are required to back the SUV past the upper end of the spawning channel. We tend to do this quite slowly to enable some interesting pictures. This picture is of a first year grizzly bear cub sitting mid-channel waiting for a salmon actually waiting for it’s mother to bring it a salmon as first year cubs do not catch many salmon. This area would provide for many more great photos if it were not for the trees along the bank but these are necessary to provide shade so the water does not become too hot. If the water heats up it tends to hold less oxygen and salmon will suffocate. This happened this August as the temperature rose the water intake from Tom Blown Lake was not regulated correctly and there was insufficient fresh water into the spawning channel and hundreds of salmon died.
Early July and Bella is with last year cubs in the Glendale River estuary. This river is located an hour and fifteen-minute boat ride up Knight Inlet from Grizzly Bear Lodge. Once we arrive at the river we transfer to a 5.5 meter (yard) skiff so we can quietly approach the grizzlies bears in the shallow water. The quiet part is your guide in the water pulling the skiff. Providing we stay within the grizzlies comfort zone there is no problem and the bears ignore our intrusion. The problem tends to be that our guests comfort zone seems to be larger than the grizzlies comfort zone and I am often encouraged to move back.
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