This is an excerpt from friends of Pacific Wild, Mike Reid and Sarah Stoner’s blog. To view the full blog, and read a letter a day to Mr. Harper, visit http://www.dearmrharper.com
Dear Mr. Harper,
A few days ago, Mike told us about his encounter with the Spirit Bear. This morning I had the opportunity to spend some time with this majestic creature.
We crept up the side of the creek bed and after walking for only a few minutes, I spotted his glistening white fur through the salmon berry bushes that separated us from the creek. I watched in awe as the giant creature loafed around, climbing up and over a log in search for more berries. He quickly lost interest in the berries and made his way up the riverbank where he proceeded to dig for roots to complete his morning meal. Within minutes, this bear had dug a whole larger than himself, munched all the tasty roots he could find and moved on.
We observed this bear in peace for some time. He was aware of our presence, but was not concerned by us in any way.
My first experience with a spirit bear was absolutely magical. This creature is a true gem, unique to this part of the world.The pristine watersheds and abundant salmon are what nourish the spirit bear, and their black furred relatives. The spirit bear is thus a creature of the land and the sea. Let’s not spoil this unique ecosystem and home of the spirit bear, Mr. Harper.
For the coast,
Sarah and Mike