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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, British Columbia

The Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary in British Columbia is located approximately 90 kilometers north of Prince Rupert and only accessible by boat.  (We stay on the boat, the bears stay on land, suits me just fine.)  They feed on the sedge grass by the waters edge during June and July, then move upstream when the salmon start their run in about August.

Unfortunately for us, five days ago the bears mysteriously disappeared.  It is too early for the salmon, but perhaps they have gone to eat berries which have already ripened due to a period of warm, sunny weather (before we got here).  So no bears for us today.  We did see a wolf, seals, whales, and bald eagles though, so although it rained most of our day long trip, it was still worthwhile.  These are my best two photos from today.

The Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary.  Those bits of lighter green are where the bears should be.

Bald Eagle - They can live to 20 - 25 years, mate for life, don't mature until they are five years old, when they get their white head feathers.  Until then they are a funny mottley brown.

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