One of the best ways to learn is to watch another and this is true of grizzly bears as it is of humans. This mother grizzly in the Glendale River estuary of Knight Inlet is teaching by example. At low tide especially in the spring when the salmon have not arrived in the river to spawn will bring the grizzly to the beach. The turning over rock produces food high in protein, which is made up of crab, clams, barnacles, amphipods and other tiny invertebrates. This cub is ready to share moms food and will soon be turning it’s own rock in search of a meal.
On the first evening in Grizzly Bear Lodge guests go on an hour plus wildlife tour looking for black bear, bald eagles, seals etc. When this bear was first spotted we thought it might be reaching for a drink of water because we were in a bay with a stream and fresh water tends to float on salt water. We were proven wrong as the bear was after the mussels closer to the water. This is part of “the grass is always greener” theory as there were many mussels further up the beach.
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