We visited the local salmon hatchery on Friday. We were hoping to see bears.
We did! Two young-ish bears came plodding around the corner as we arrived. Their body language was quite expressive.
Hey, there sure are a lot of fish here.
Let’s go get some. I see a good spot over there.
This looks like a good spot.
Move over, I want to catch some fish!
Quit shoving! I was here first!
I think I see one.
Oh! Got it!
Hey, you got one already?
I want some of yours.
Go away! It’s mine!
Ouch! Fine! Keep your stupid fish.
Gee those photographers are getting close.
I think I’ll move away from them. They obviously don’t know how strong I am.
Hey, that photographer is eating something!
Dude, is that a granola bar?
(Photographer has plucked his tripod from the ground and scurried away in retreat as bear approaches.)
Hey awesome! Chocolate!!!
Do dee do, looking for more fish. (See the fish carcass behind him?)
Where’d all the fish go?
Missed. Maybe I can get some of that chocolate.
Nooo! The chocolate is miiiine!
AAAAA! I already ate it all!
No more chocolate? Oh well. In that case, let’s go back to fishing.
It was amazing to be able to watch this bear behaviour from such a great vantage point. I was worried for some of the photographers’ safety; some people forget these bears are wild and we are on their turf, not in a zoo. At one point, one guy tried to approach the river’s edge, slipped, and sent a shower of rocks crashing into the stream. The bears startled and ran into the bush, at which point the guy yelled “SORRY!” to either the bears or the other photographers. We figured this shout scared the bears away.
Just a reminder that most of our bears are shy by nature, and the goal of every bear-watcher should be to protect the bears from becoming desensitized to humans. A bear without fear of people is a great danger to himself and others. Bear-watchers, please respect these powerful creatures that share our town.
So this is what’s been walking across our front porch all summer.