Black Bear at Planter
This Black Bear is a resident of the Mink Hills/Warner River watershed. New housing in the Minks encroaches on his traditional sources of food, so the next best thing is the bird feeder.
Bird feeder empty so he heads for storage bin in our screened porch. Before he heads for the hills, he stops for a scratch.
This bear looks like a young one, perhaps the offspring of one of the above. Those photos were taken between 2007-2009.
Flash!!! In 2014, the Center for Responsible Travel published an economic analysis that found that bear viewing in the Great Bear Rainforest generated 12 times more tourism dollars than bear hunting. For this reason, British Columbia has banned Grizzly Bear trophy hunting.