Everybody loves bears...right...right?
Well I know I do, but generally at a distance where I can't hear them breathe and I can't really smell them. The following is a recent encounter I shared with a good friend and a curious bear, well... actually three bears.
This is the home of "combat fishing" for sockeye salmon. Folks stand shoulder to shoulder attempting to cast a fly into the jaws of a willing salmon. Limit is 6 fish per person, per day for the hundreds of people lining the river daily at the peak of the run. Bears, however, are not beholden to quotas and are commonly in competition with their human counterparts. Interestingly enough, there are very few bad encounters and even fewer injuries.