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Archive for October, 2009

Creamy cubs and other stuff….

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

White grizzly cub video Hey all,

We’re just about to finish things up here in Glendale Cove for the bear season. It’s been a season of fantastic weather and the bears, dolphins and whales have been really spectacular. This area never disappoints.

Stealing the show in the September and October has been our local celebrity bear cub who is quite uniquely coloured. I’ve seen light cubs before but never one as uniformly creamy white as this one. It’s very common for new cubs to have whitish highlights, especially under the chin, chest and shoulders areas, but this cub is more cream than brown it seems. Really quite spectacular as you can see in the video (top left of article) I’ve attached. The mother of this one and his/her two siblings (we think it’s a her) has quite the reputation in the area as well. She is by far the most dominant one around at the moment and it’s usual to see all the others bears giving her a wide birth. She has a lot of mouths to feed, not to mention herself and that tends to make a bear a bit more aggressive.
Hopefully she’ll keep the cubs safe and bring them back next year for us to appreciate again.

It will be sad to say goodbye to the bears and staff of Knight Inlet Lodge as it always is. We had an amazing team of guides this season, our cooks were absolutely amazing, and our dock staff kept things ship-shape and entertaining. Every lodge needs a Kemshaw! Harold as always was the unsung, quiet hero — the man is responsible for so much around here. I’m looking forward to working with them all next season.

I’m off to the Antarctic next for my winter work, but will hopefully meet some of you blog readers next bear season at the lodge.

If you’d like you can keep up with my travels and check out some of my photography on my website. www.jamiescarrow.com.

Cheers,

Jamie Scarrow
Guide Manager.

Update on white grizzly cub

Friday, October 9th, 2009
white/ blonde grizzly cub

white/ blonde grizzly cub

Knight Inlet Lodge has been in contact with Dr. Owen Nevin, a noted grizzly bear researcher, who is very familiar with the bears of Glendale Cove. Dr. Nevin says that the white / blond cub’s colouring while unusual compared to it’s darker siblings is not that uncommon for Glendale Cove. Dr. Nevin is with the Centre for Wildlife Conservation at the University of Cumbria. Dr. Nevin and Melanie Clapham, also from Cumbria University, are working on a study of grizzly bears and their rub trees that Knight Inlet Lodge helps to sponsor. This inlcudes remote cameras placed at strategic locations around Glendlae Cove as discussed in an earleir story.

He has supplied us with this photo, taken in 2000, of another white / blond grizzly cub in Glendale Cove.

White Grizzly Cub

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
white grizzly cub

white grizzly cub

New Baby Bear

This past week a new baby bear showed up in Glendale Cove. Nothing unusual you say, but this one is special. It is a white grizzly, a female with two siblings. A set of triplets to a female bear who has already raised one set of triplets successfully. We watched last spring as this mother turned her two and a half year old triplets loose onto the world. She then disappeared during the spring mating season and we wondered if she was going to mate and what was the result going to be. This week she showed up at her favorite fishing hole as she did the past two seasons. What a surprise she brought with her. Two very dark colored cubs with a very white with dark highlights cub. These siblings are normal in every way, fun loving, scrappy, hungry, devoted and obedient to Mom. They all try to catch fish, steal a drink of mom’s rich milk and watch for dangerous bears. Of course, like all young animals, they are all very cute and cuddly. This brings up the question: Is this a rare grizzly “Spirit Bear?” I am sending photos to smarter people than I am to find out some answers. It is not an Albino.

It also brings some pressing questions to mind. How do we protect this precious animal from poachers and of course much easier, licensed hunters? There is still a legal hunt for grizzly bears taking place in this province. It is illegal to hunt cubs or moms with cubs, but once these bears are free from their mothers, they are legal to hunt. What a trophy it would be for a hunter to get: a rare grizzly spirit bear. Alberta has banned grizzly hunting about two or three years ago. I wonder why the B.C. government insists on a continued hunt for these magnificent animals.

This blog was posted by Robert Scriba, Knight Inlet Lodge Guide, Photographer  and Author. For more information on Robert please go to his website www.seasonsofthegrizzly.com