And then we saw a bear!
We first saw this bear walking/swimming through reeds but we couldn’t positively identify it as a bear. Big muskrat, maybe? we thought. The animal disappeared from our view and we kept paddling.
We went around the bend and we saw this bear swimming across the channel moving from left to right. Its destination was our first night camping site.
More than 1/2 way across the channel it became aware of us, as we paddled closer. And it turned around to go back to the shore it came from.
In this photo the bear becomes aware of us.
After returning to the left hand shore it ran into the woods, spraying water off itself as it went.
But this bear was determined to cross this channel.
We paddled a little further, maybe 200 metres and around another bend and we see her again on the left shore. When she saw us she turned back into the woods.
The channel is quite curvy here and when we reached another bend we saw the bear had finally made it to the right hand shore. She was faster than us and had finished swimming already, the channel was narrower here, so weren’t able to witness her swim across.
We saw her on the far shore about 200 metres ahead of us before we disappeared into the woods.
Seeing the bear was definitely a highlight for me! And also a wake-up call to the importance of proper food storage.
Last night we were camped on an island, 1/4 km from mainland. I figured we didn’t need to hang our food since the only animals that would want it were the rodents and our SealLine bags are very resistant. So we didn’t hang the food, and we left it just feet from our tent!
Wow, lesson learned (the easy way)! Bears can swim to close islands.
I think I probably knew this already but conveniently forgot to save myself hanging food bags. Yikes.
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