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Archive for September, 2011

Grizzly bear viewing update for the end of September

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The grizzly bear viewing at Knight Inlet Lodge has remained fantastic throughout the month of September. Lately it has featured rather friendly interactions between grizzlies that we believe are unrelated. This unusual activity includes a young male hanging around with an older male that Researcher Mel Claphm believes is about 4 years older. This pair also tolerated Flo, a young female, fishing for salmon with them for over an hour. Flo who was a regular in 2010 has only just returned this season. She is the grizzly bear that seemed to find our bus interesting last year.

grizzly bear viewing bus

grizzly bear on bus at Knight Inlet Lodge

Flo on cab of bus

A few excellent pictures from Knight Inlet Lodge guest Chris Rose.

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Chris & Helen Rose visited Knight Inlet Lodge in the middle of August this year and have been kind enough to share some of their photos with us. In my opinion they are some of the best we have seen in awhile. Thank you Chris & Helen.

knight inlet lodge marine tour

Pacific White Sided Dolphins

orca whale watching at Knight Inlet Lodge

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grizzly bear chasing salmon at Knight Inlet Lodge

chasing salmon

grizzly bear viewing report for early September

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Knight Inlet Lodge guide Lori Kublik has kindly supplied us with the following report.

Yesterday and today a LOT of salmon moved up into the spawning channel during the hot, sunny afternoon when the bears must have been hiding in the shade. Yesterday late morning me and my group of guests were VERY lucky to see adult grizzly bears playing together. It started with a male and female, and they wrestled in the water, play biting each other. Then they separated as they noticed another male arrive. The two males then started playing together, while the female swam off to go check out the salmon in the deep pool.

Those two males played, bit, hugged, wrestled and swatted for over half an hour! It was totally wild. One of the most amazing wildlife experiences I will ever have, I’m sure. We were all flabbergasted. Not sure if all 3 of these playful bears are siblings, or if they’re just happy to have so much salmon around that they’re willing to play with anyone?? This morning we saw the same male and female playing in the spawning channel on the drive back out of the channel, and the other day Mel saw this female nuzzle the nose of another female who had a salmon in her mouth, in a friendly way, so she thought they were siblings. Who knows. Pretty cool to see adult grizzly bears playing.

Peanut was hanging out at the weir while the bigger bears were playing, and he was so focused on watching the bears downstream, and hoping for salmon, that he didn’t notice a female approaching. She stealthily moved under our stand, down the bank, into the water, right up to Peanut. She bit him on the side before he knew she was there, jumping in shock and running out of the water and out of sight. Hilarious! We figured he must have been pretty embarrassed.

The bear that bit him didn’t stick around too long, so Peanut returned to his favourite spot just below the weir. All the while the big bears are still playing. The female who had played with one of the males got bored of swimming in the deep pool of salmon, and she approached Peanut at a slow walk. Peanut ran out of the channel up onto the road when she got close, and she ran up after him. He ran for about 15m then slowed, thinking she wouldn’t follow. She kept running, and he glanced back and realized it and really turned on the speed. The last we saw of them they were tearing down the road out of sight. Hee hee.

Peanut survived alright, because we saw him later that afternoon, no new scars. In fact, it looked like the same female that chased him in the morning was sharing one side of the weir with him for fishing, so maybe they reached a truce. VERY interesting bear dynamics this year.

On a Glendale Cove estuary tour this afternoon we also saw Bella and her cubs near the water’s edge, and the cubs were playing quite a bit. Very cute.

grizzly bear fishing for salmon

grizzly fishing for salmon

grizzly bear tour guests, some of their comments

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Knight Inlet Lodge asks all guests to fill out comment cards while they are at the lodge viewingĀ  grizzlies. We thought you might like to hear some of the things they had to say about their stay. These comments are all from the first couple of weeks in August 2011.

“Wonderful experience, do not change a thing!”

” The food is fabulous. A brilliant trip start to finish”

“The best apple pie ever. All the food was delicious.”

“Terrific trip, well organized, the guides were great”

“Excellent- sorry to be leaving, very keen to return”

“Fantastic experience, great dedicated staff. We will take away the best ever memories”

“Very high quality stay, tours were very professional.”

“All staff were knowledgeable, friendly and conveyed the interpretive element in an appropriate , enjoyable manner.”

“Definitely the highlight of our Canadian holiday and we’ve done lots of other brilliant things”

“A massive thank you to all the staff who have made my stay amazing”

“We wished we had come for a longer stay”

Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the cards.

knight inlet lodge

Knight Inlet Lodge