He is a beautiful wild creature going about his business, which is catching and eating salmon. The salmon doesn’t look so happy, but he has a very noble job – sacrificing himself to feed the bears and the land. This bear lives on Gribbell Island in British Columbia and it is possible he carries the recessive genes for the Spirit Bear.
Check out the Raincoast Conservation Foundation for more information on the bears that inhabit Gribbell Island.
“Salmon are a keystone species of British Columbia’s rainforest, and their contribution to the local ecosystem is linked to its overall health and productivity. Salmon are of crucial importance to the late summer and early fall diets of carnivores such as grizzly bears, black bears, coastal gray wolves and the elusive spirit bear. Deteriorating salmon carcasses serve as highly concentrated fertilizer for the surrounding forest and provide nutrient-rich food for growing juvenile salmon.”