Great Bear Rainforest :: Photo Essay :: 6

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tl’a

Black bears are mostly gentle, timid and often comical critters, but some say they are actually more dangerous than their larger and more frightening cousins the Grizzly. Black bears have been known to actually stalk-hunt people, where Grizzlies apparently do not. In my experience, these rules of thumb are at best weak generalizations. Bears of either species are best described as individuals with varying and diverse personalities, much like people.

It was a great experience to watch this boar so focused on licking ants off rocks and washing them down with mouthfuls of grass. I sat for at least 15 minutes watching him before plucking up the courage to walk up close to get this shot.

“tl’a” is the Nuxalk word for black bear. As this particular bear lives in the Bella Coola valley (Nuxalkmc territory), I thought it only right to title the photo accordingly.

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Historic Accord Protects B.C. Forests
First Nations are gaining more control over their traditional lands while considerations of sustainability are becoming central to forestry planning.

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Rainforest Logging Shutdown in BC
The British Columbia logging company MacMillan Bloedel announced January 8, 1997, that it is shutting down its logging operations in the Clayoquot Sound rainforest, BC.



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