Time of plenty
The Kermode bears (both the black and the more rare white phases) eat as much as they can during the time of plenty when the spawning salmon fill the rivers and streams of the Pacific Northwest. They are preparing for their long hibernation when they go without food for several months. I saw a number of bears, who were clearly full, catch a salmon and just strip out the eggs, leaving the rest of the body for other scavengers in the area. The bears would often drag their catches into the woods or onto logs where the rotting bodies provided nutrients to the rich temperate rainforests.
Kermode bearUrsus americanus kermodeiblack phaselogssalmon runmossessalmon carcassRiorden CreekGribbell IslandBritish Columbia