This new video produced by Parks Canada gives you a behind-the-scenes look at a grizzly bear fishing and feeding in Banff National Park.
The video, which was recently uploaded to YouTube, stars Bear 148, a four-and-a-half year old female grizzly.
“Unlike the great coastal salmon-bearing streams that provide a significant food source for grizzly bears, the occurrence is rare in the land-locked mountain in national parks. That’s what makes this small pond full of spawning suckerfish so valuable,” said Parks Canada staff to the CBC.
“The bounty benefits others too; small carnivores, raptors, and scavengers were drawn to the smell of fish and the scraps left behind.”
The video shows Bear 148 fishing just outside of the Banff townsite near Vermilion Lakes, and then feasting on her bounty in a nearby grassy patch.
Earlier this month, the Vermilion Lakes area and Legacy trail—a popular path in the park—was closed for safety precautions because Bear 148 was seen feeding on the local fish.
The trail is now re-open to the public, but don’t expect to see Bear 148 there.
“After a week, bellies were full, spawning was complete, and rising water levels allowed the fish to disperse. We lifted the closure once grizzly Bear 148 moved on to more traditional food sources in the area, including freshly emerging grasses and sedges in meadows and along streams and rivers,” said Parks Canada staff.