Days 2 & 3 in Hyder were fantastic as far as bear viewing goes. The days started out a bit damp but burned off nicely. Fish Creek bear viewing area is open from 6 am to 10 pm and you are liable to see bears any time during the day. I admit I am not there by 6 am, or even 8 am, but getting there by 9 works for me just fine.
There is one black bear sow with a little cub we’ve seen a few times. She stays away or leaves quickly at any hint of a grizzly.
This grizzly, called Jaws and easily distinguished by a damaged lower lip showed up Monday morning and put on quite a show. At times they can each appear to be totally inept at catching the salmon but in reality they can pick them out of the river like we pick meat up off the grocery counter.
It is fascinating to see the interaction between bears though it happens infrequently and quickly. The black bears stay away when any of the grizzlies are around and on Tuesday we got to see 2 grizzly boars at the same time but not near each other. Jaws is an older bear (between 13 and 20 they estimate) and looks it, the younger male, called Dog-bear looks to be in prime condition. When Jaws came around and saw the younger bear he headed down the creek well away from it. The last 3 photos at the link below show a series of images. Dob-bear had taken a fish into the rush to the right of the river. Jaws came out down river and got a fish which he took to theleft bank. A short time later Dog-bear came out and started stalking down the river, then burst into a run into the brush. He either was determined to chase Jaws away or get his fish, we’ll never know. But it was great to see!