Alarming Photos of Bone-Thin Grizzly Bears Led Canada’s First Nations to Deliver 500 Salmon Fish to Feed Them

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Alarming Photos of Bone-Thin Grizzly Bears Led Canada’s First Nations to Deliver 500 Salmon Fish to Feed Them

 

The impacts of the climate crisis are becoming more and more evident: the continuous rise of global temperatures, rising sea levels, and starving wildlife. Canadian bears are the most recent example of this. 

 

Photo Credit: All That's Interesting

 

During the summer, British Columbia usually expects five million sockeye salmon to return and spawn in Canada’s Knight Inlet. Grizzly bears hunt salmon in the river, stocking up on fat before it’s time for them to hibernate. However, it’s different now. The local salmon population has been severely depleted, with only 600,000 salmon coming to the river. The bears are the most affected by this. 

 

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According to an article by All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, the bears have drastically changed in just a few months. Photos of emaciated grizzly bears at the river have been circulating online, showing how the impacts of the climate crisis are getting worse than ever. “I have no idea how she would make it through the winter without salmon. I sure prefer to show you beautiful nice wildlife and nature pictures but it is important and my duty as a photographer to show you this side too,” wildlife photographer Rolf Hicker said.

 

Photo Credit: All That's Interesting

 

Thus, the Mamalilikulla First Nation decided to conduct a salmon feeding operation to provide food for the starving bears. Jake Smith, the tribe’s guardian watchman manager, and his team arranged for volunteers to distribute 500 pink salmon fish in the river. The deteriorating salmon population is not only seen in the bears’ appearance but also in their behaviors. It was reported that they are getting more aggressive. They also have been forced to travel great distances in search of food.

Fishermen in British Columbia consider this the worst salmon season in nearly 50 years. What’s even more troubling is that more than half of the grizzly bear population of the country lives there. “Everywhere in the world where there is salmon farming you have a decline in the wild salmon population,” said biologist Alexandra Morton.

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