Monday, April 25, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Wildlife Viewing

It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon in the Chilcotin Mountains. Me and my Slovenian peer Jan are making plans to go out there and scout for black bears to take pictures and give our biologists details on habits and habitat. We have been spoiled in our area with an early spring. Balsamroot, fresh grass and the blossoming plants are not only an attraction to black bears. As we drive in Bridge River Valley, we can smell the pine trees, and with the wind in our back, we go past creeks and woods that are waking up after the long winter.

Our first destination is the Hurley Pass. We want to try another direction since we did not have so much success in other parts of the territory yet. As we are driving through snowbanks and over icy parts, we realize that the elevation up here is probably too high to see anything, so we drive down the Bridge River, sometimes stopping to glass.

For a long time there are no signs of wildlife on the road, but after 15 minutes we see a wolf kill (only hair remains but we think it is a deer). As we drive further down, not more than 2 minutes later I see geese on a bank in the river next to a group of ducks. We climb down the river bank to have a closer look. As we climb back up Jan almost steps in a pile of bear excrements. We take a closer look at the pile and see old berries in it, our conclusion is that the bear can not be far.

But that is it up here as we drive further downhill towards Bralorne and Gold Bridge, we do not come across anything else neither sign nor sighting, so we decide to drive down to Tyaughton Creek along the Carpenter Lake on HWY 40. As we get there, we see a bunch of ATVs and I know that we will not have any chance to see black bears here. The ATVers would have scared them away. As the sun sets, we are on our way home.

Chilcotin Holidays

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We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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