Every week for Throwback Thursday we’ll post an image from the (slowly uploading) archive – a scanned slide or still – I took from one of my family adventures as a kid to the wilds of Yellowstone and the Canadian Rockies, or from my trips as a teen to the Great Bear Rainforest to help document the spirit bear.
Today’s photo: Patch
During my five trips to the Great Bear Rainforest on behalf of the spirit bear campaign, I was fortunate enough to photograph three different white bears. And while seeing a spirit bear – even for a moment – is an extraordinary sight, the biggest and most impressive animal I ever saw was this black bear.
I named him Patch, due to his receding hair line (every year, this big boy lost more hair), but I could also have named him after any heavy weight boxer. He was as large as any grizzly bear I ever saw in the Great Bear; one of the largest bears of any species I’ve seen anywhere. And he’d fight bears at the drop of a hat.
Year after year, this bruin was the king of the river – the Khutze, across from Princess Royal Island on the mainland (and now protected) – and would chase away any creature that dared to challenge him for prime fishing rights.
I hope old Patch is still king of the Khutze.