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Pauline and Ian’s second visit to Knight Inlet Lodge

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
grizzly bears at Knight Inlet Lodge

grizzly bears

PAULINE & IAN ANDERSON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 2010.

It was with great excitement that we looked forward to our return visit to Knight Inlet in October last year. Having enjoyed “The Grizzly Bear Adventure” with Titan HiTours 2 years earlier we booked the same tour, this time extending our stay at the lodge by an extra 2 nights – what indulgence!

Knowing what to expect did not detract from our anticipation &, as in 2008, we had a truly wonderful time. It was like going to visit old friends – indeed we were recognised by some of the guides & staff (rather worrying!!).

The weather was very different this time – dull & raining almost every day. Did it matter? Certainly not – we were comfortably togged-up in our orange suits & under cover mostly. The Rainforest Walk was rather wet but, nonetheless, thoroughly enjoyable.

The Whale Watching day trip was excellent – the only one of the 5 days when the sun shone & it was beautifully calm on the Johnstone Straits, thankfully. We saw a number of Humpbacks & several very vocal sealions but the pod of Killer Whales was elusive despite the best efforts of our 3 guides.

humpback whale seen on Knight Inlet Lodge marine tour

humpback whale

The main attraction of the holiday was, of course, the Grizzlies. I could quite happily stay at the viewing stands all day watching the bears while they fished the waters & ate their catch, or just lazed on the banks. Twice we were entertained by a sow & one of her twins rubbing against a tree just a few metres away from us. I almost wore out my camera battery during one episode! The 2 year old “white” cub put in a couple of appearances with its sibling & mother. They never came too close, seeming rather timid, whereas some others were as intent on watching us as we were on watching them.

white grizzly cub at Knight Inlet Lodge

white grizzly cub

Our guides were all excellent – very helpful & friendly, knowledgable & multi talented. The evening interpretive talks in the warmth & comfort of the lounge were very interesting & entertaining, & all of the meals & snacks were first class.

grizzly bear fishing for salmon

grizzly bear fishing for salmon

Knight Inlet Lodge certainly has our vote for “Top Holiday Destination in the World”. I see previously on the blog that one lucky traveller has visited 3 times – we can’t be outdone & are saving hard for another trip!

Grizzly bear blog spring 2010 Knight Inlet Lodge

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

“Spring has arrived and the lodge is open.  Familiar furry faces are popping up everywhere and it’s shaping out to be a strong beginning to the season for us.  We’ve been open for a week now and already we’ve had multiple bear sightings in the estuary and the other morning we were woken up early by the blows of transient orcas in the estuary.  A small pod of four patrolled the cove twice in the day hopeful for the opportunity to feed on one of the many harbour seals and pacific white-sided dolphins that are abundant in the Inlet at this time of year.  We had an excellent view of the whales before they gave up their search in the cove and made their way back out of the inlet.

We are pleased to announce that the moms and cubs are very strong at the moment.  Lenora and her yearling cub Peanut have been regularily spotted in the estuary, and to our delight our famous white cub from last fall is out with her two siblings and impressive looking mother.  One small subadult has also been sighted feeding on the protein-rich sedge that’s coming up quickly in the estuary.”

This story contributed by Jamie Scarrow, Knight Inlet Lodge Head Naturalist and professioanl photgrapher. To see some of Jamie’s photos

Photos from guests of Knight Inlet Lodge

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Over the years Knight Inlet Lodge has been fortunate to receive many excellent photos from guests. We thought that you might enjoy seeing some of them. Many thanks to the numerous people that have sent us photos over the years. The grizzly bears of Knight Inlet Lodge make for some exciting photography opportunities as they fish for salmon or just hang out in the estuary.  Over time we intend to post more of these pictures on our blog as a way to let everyone see our bears in the wild. Here is few of my favourite photos, enjoy!

grizzly bear with bus

grizzly bear with bus

grizzly bear cub in boat

grizzly bear cub in boat

grizzly bear running in water

grizzly bear running in water

Closed for the Season!

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

October 18 saw the last of our guests depart and the remaining staff start on the shutdown procedure for the lodge. There was one litle wrinkle to this annual event as we hosted a film crew from the NBC Today Show. They were at Knight Inlet Lodge to film a segment that will air during the Winter Olympics here in British Columbia. The crew spent the better part of 3 days with us  getting outstanding footage  including some of our white grizzly cub. Once we know the date the footage will air we’ll post a blog so everyone can watch.

Over the next few months very little will be happening at the lodge outside of our ongoing Coho Salmon Hatchery. Glendale Cove is a very differnet place right now as days and weeks will go by without any visitors. Our Caretakers Ed and Bonnie are settled in to their new home away from home and looking forward to the advdenture ahead.

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