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Our seasonal salmon spawning camera is located in a quiet estuary in the Great Bear Rainforest. Here, we catch glimpses of wolves and bears as they come to feed on the pink and chum salmon that move into the river to spawn. Eagles and ravens perch in the treetops, taking advantage of this temporary surplus of nutrients before winter sets in.

The best time to see the wolves feeding in the rivers is at first light. These sea wolves of the Great Bear Rainforest are genetically distinct from inland gray wolves and feed on salmon, herring roe, and even seals in addition to deer and other traditional food sources.

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  • - 2016-11-04 11:11:46 -0700
    commented 2016-11-04 11:11:46 -0700
    Thanks for your comment Barbara! During this time of year, food is bountiful for the wolves here so they tend to be relaxed in regards to grazing for salmon since it is easily accessible for them. Wolves generally eat only the heads of the salmon as it is believed that the rest of the fish may contain parasites that are toxic to them. As you’ve observed, the wolves will sometimes scavenge the heads from salmon carcasses in addition to fishing for live salmon. Thanks again for watching and commenting!
  • - 2016-09-29 09:03:27 -0700
    commented 2016-09-29 09:03:27 -0700
    The wolves appear to be grazing on the river banks from a various fish, not just the one they have taken out of the creek. They don’t seem to be behaving as if they were really hungry. Is this usual behaviour?

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