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April Griz

Some photos from just up the road of a grizzly bear taken a couple of days ago. A grizzly mum and cub are also out and about as well as several black bears. It's certainly an early year. Lots of snow in the high country...

First bear of the year

It certainly isn't going to win any bear photo awards, but this is our first bear snap this year. It's an early spring up here, there's not much snow on the ground, and the grass is already growing fast. Kristin took this pic on the way...

Local artist commemorates bears that have been shot

Three hours, 600 bears. That was the goal Kootenay sculptor Denis Kleine had in mind when he invited his Kootenay Studio Arts students, as well as local artists and activists, to join him in sand-blasting ursine images into the shores of Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. "Within BC...

Kristin with Shirley Bond, the Minister of Tourism, in Victoria last month.
A Grubby Business

Being a bear guide is a grubby business. You spend much of your life crawling around in the wilderness, poking at old bones and sniffing out secrets, and trying not to get eaten by a bigger animal than you. A little bit like politics, then. With...

Test your grizzly bear knowledge

In this short film a British-born grizzly bear conservationist talks about grizzly bears in the North Cascades in the US. Definitely worth watching. And for those guests who have already been to the ranch a chance to see how much you remember from my bear...

The Revenant and its bear attack scene

I'm not usually a fan of Hollywood's treatment of grizzly bears and am not that happy about having another blockbuster than shows a bear savaging somebody, especially someone as famous as Leonardo DiCaprio. But credit where credit is due, at least the researchers behind the...

Grizzly Bear Ranch’s new website

Welcome to our new website! We loved our old website but after nearly a decade it was time for something new. Technology is changing, computer screens are getting ever wider, and many of our guests now use smart phones and tablets to browse the web....

Griz in Oct 2 Andy Bradfield
Eating salmon

A grizzly bear tucking into a nice plump salmon. The fish run was very low this year, and the fish were late, but when they did arrive they were larger than usual and provided some good late-Fall feeding opportunities for the grizzlies on the river....

Bear butt Oct
A nice bear butt

Grizzly bears are almost always shown standing on their back legs with the mouths open in a howl of rage. The truth is that most of them rarely stand up on their back legs and prefer to trundle along on all fours. Here is a more...

  • Marching down the highway
  • In the river
  • Grasping a fish
  • Hot-tubbing
  • Fishing again
  • Choosing a meal
  • In an apple tree
  • Almost asleep

As many of you will know, this year Apple, the first grizzly bear we ever saw, failed to return for the first time in a decade. Four grizzly bears were shot by hunters in our area this year and, possibly, she was one of them. Her...