Innovator— This bear standing in the river had a unique fishing technique. The Grizzly would stand on its hind legs to get a better view of the river. Once in this elevated position, the bear would look around until it spotted a fish close by. It would then use its high perspective to keep an eye on the fish until it swam close enough for the bear to jump and snatch it.
Watching this bear standing in a river, looking around for fish and waiting patiently, we couldn’t help but be reminded of a human fisherman. When standing on its hind legs, the bear stood around nine feet tall. Bears will often stand on their hind legs to get a better view of their surroundings, although this behavior is fairly unique when fishing.
This photo was taken during the summer salmon run, meaning fish were extra plentiful. Its possible that this bear’s strategy of standing in the river would not be as effective if prey were less abundant.
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