Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler.
Nice Day For A Swim.
We were heading up the stream when this fellow dropped into the water for a swim. Must be made of tougher stuff than me. I love swimming, but the water temperature was about 8 C. I was glad to be in a boat and not fishing on the shore. Cold comfort really and a tribute to the sometimes placid nature of bears.
The grizzzly had been sleeping in the sun, but what prompted him to go for a swim who knows.
Minutes later the bear walked along the bank and came within 50m of the boat.
This is the bear missed by the camera crew in an earlier post. As he wandered up the bank he suddenly froze and sniffed the air. In front of him and sleeping in the sun was another huge male. Eventually this bear charged the sleeping male. A stupid move but the bigger bear took flight and ran along the beach at about 30 mph until the adrenalin of flight subsided and bigger bear took stock of why he was running from the smaller bear. He stopped suddenly and turned to face the smaller bear who read the signs and gave up the chase, deciding a slow retreat was the best option. I’ve seen this on TV, but to actually see bears in the wild challenge each other was a privilege.