Monday, September 10, 2012
Our route south took us down the Cassiar Highway. Near the southern end of this highway, a spur road runs west to the towns of Stewart on the Canadian side of the border and the isolated US town of Hyder just across the border.
Just north of Hyder, a small tributary of the Salmon River, called Fish Creek, is world famous for summertime bear viewing. Because of the rich salmon spawning area along Fish Creek, black bears, brown bears and occasionally other predators (like wolves) come to feed on this rich source of protein. The US Forest Service manages a viewing platform built along Fish Creek. Because we visited late in the season, the action had really quieted down. We did see a number of black bears that were coming to feed on the salmon that had died after spawning. The bears have grown used to the presence of people on the platform and did not pay much attention to us.
Fish Creek and the viewing platform.
Black bear sow
and her cub
Mom with dinner
"Does this fur coat make my butt look big?"
"Aww Mom, not salmon AGAIN!"
"Eat up! I can smell winter coming."
"I'll hide down here in the bushes."
Great Blue Heron in a lovely setting
"Mmmm, I like the skin!"
"This moss smells interesting."
"Mom walked up here so easily!"
"Now, what was she checking out?"
"I'm sure I heard a noise in there!"
"Where are the berries for dessert?"
"Maybe over here."
"Trying out my new forest camouflage."
"Dang! the live ones are hard to catch."
"Why are itches always hard to reach?"