Very Close to a Grizzly

_DSC4527It all started so innocently .... Here I was minding my own business in a Zodiac in British Columbia's Mussel Inlet when we came across a resting grizzly. After a little while hanging out and watching us, the bear rose up, stretched, and lumbered down to the water front. Next came some half hearted fishing attempts and a trip in to the water near our boat to look for long-dead salmon to eat. Wonder turned to a mild panic when the curious bear looked over and started to swim straight towards our tiny boat. The engine finally kicked in when the friendly giant was about 5 feet from my camera lens and we retreated. Something I'll never forget!

This wasn't a frightening experience. The bear had plenty to eat and never felt threatened. My overwhelming feeling was one of deep privilege at being allowed so intimately into this bear's world.

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Sadly these gentle giants are at risk. Our continued thirst for lumber and fossil fuels threaten the Great Bear Rain Forest - this bear's home. One way to help is to support The Nature Conservancy in their work to protect and preserve this ancient wilderness.