Text and photographs by Mary L. Peachin
Nov./Dec. 2010 Vol.15 No. 2
Gorging on salmon, the alpha black bear had Thornton Creek’s prime fish catching location. Perched on a boulder, she eyed schools of spawning Coho salmon migrating upstream. Patiently, she scanned the ripples. When the tide rose, exhausted fish would be at paw’s length. Feasting to bulk up for winter hibernation would be easier.
Off the tourist beat, the creek side boardwalk surrounding Thornton Creek Hatchery is “Do it yourself” bear viewing. Posted on a barb-wired chain link fence a welcome sign cautioned, “If you encounter a bear on the walk, enter our gate quickly, but do not let the dogs out!”
Fortunately, we did not have any unwelcome encounters.