The salmon are beginning to stage in their natal streams! So this year I thought I’d try to do something different. Obviously I cannot hang around my favorite stream day after day, week after week.I’d like to…… but cannot.
So I have set up a Trail camera to catch the action. I placed it in a spot where the salmon are forced to expose themselves. They must move upstream to spawn! I picked this spot because they move from a deep pool to another pool above but have to swim over some washboard rapids exposing themselves.
Of course the bears are smart enough to know where the best spots are! The bears wander along the river banks each day searching and hoping that they are in the right spot when one of the salmon makes a break for it!
I too try to be at the right place at the right time but as I’ve said,I cannot be up there all the time. So I’ve set a trail camera up. I will collect the SD card after a month. Wish me luck! Its taken me years to figure this stuff out…….. or maybe I should say “think” I’ve got it figured out. This kind of stuff doesn’t come with a manual.
I didn’t just shoot this. I’ve decided that when I’ve been grounded (due to weather!) for longer than a week,I’m going to add a shot from the past.
I shot this back in Sept of 08 at Thornton Creek. I know this bear well & she allowed me to be close to her while she was searching for her dinner.
She is smaller than normal,so I called her “Mini”. She’s the best fishing bear down there! Very smart! Most bears stumble upon opportunities,but Mini looks for them!
Her cub’s each year are like her……..very small & very cute!
Mini was trying to draw her cub out from the it’s hiding spot in the forest. “Doodlebug” was watching Mum catch several fish over the course of the hour. Mini was bringing the fish over to Doodlebug with the intent of bringing it out in the open.
She was dropping the fish into a pile about 30 feet or so from the forests edge.
(you should understand that Cub’s has been protected by their Mothers all year from other animals! During the spawning season,it’s kind of like a “Debutantes Ball”,where the Cub’s are introduced to the rest of the bear world. They must get use to other bears being around.)
So “Doodlebug” came out slowly,sniffed one of the paralyzed fish & promptly picked it up in it’s mouth! Unfortunately the picking up awakened the fish & it shook violently, causing Doodlebug to run away & up a tree!
Live & learn!
Your looking at the death throes of a male Coho.
Mini caught this guy and took him over to the edge of the forest for her shy cub,Doodlebug. Doodlebug later picked up the huge fish and I missed the shot ! It would of been a great shot. Little bear with big red Salmon !
She caught 5 Salmon in the span of 15 minutes.
She is a bear I pay attention to when she comes out of the bush. If a bear is going to grab a Salmon….it’s her! Always a good show from her.