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.
The metal cage on the right side of the photo is the entrance to one of the viewing stands located on Knight Inlet’s Glendale River. We are in the stands from August 25 to mid-October and that is a “safe” place to be when the grizzly bears are coming that close. The bears have adjusted to our presence and will pass close to and underneath the stands. The river, which contains the salmon the bears are catching, is down the height of the viewing stands (3 meters or 9 feet) and out another ten to fifteen meters. A good telephoto lens is nice but not a necessity.Visit our Blog