A Bit About Bute And Why Bears Like It

The Bute Inlet is situated on the British Columbia coast, expanding parallel to Knight and Toba inlets. Running an estimated 80 km inland from its head at Stuart Island, it provides the Homathko and Southgate rivers with mouths to the larger body of water. The Bute Inlet enjoys a feel of privacy and isolation afforded to it by Stuart Island’s shielding location. The island nearly hides the inlet’s opening into the much larger Georgia Strait completely, rendering it easily overlook by passer-bys in plain sight. From bank to bank, the Bute Inlet averages a 4 km width, wider at its onset and slowly narrowing as you move further inland. Mountains shoot up around the inlet, offering a picturesque backdrop as boats float through.Bute plays host to a selection of First Nations, or aboriginal Canadian people of neither Inuit nor Metis descent. As a result much of the surrounding land consists of established Indian preservations, on which national and provincial governing powers are limited to only municipal regulations. The Homalco, Klahoose, Kwiakah and We Wai Kai First Nations all call the area’s banks home. This has helped contribute to the area’s untainted and well-preserved ecological conditions, as the native cultures traditionally promote sustainable living and low-impact environmental practices. The sparsely settled, underdeveloped and unpolluted landscape makes it a pristine natural habitat for bears and their natural prey. The mountain sides are overgrown with thick forests full of tall Douglas-Firs and Red Cedar trees, providing both seclusion and nourishing berries. The glacier fed rivers and streams stemming off from the main inlet are rich in fish population, especially salmon, a favorite of both grizzly and black bears. For three months in the summer, as the salmon make their yearly return from the ocean to fresh water, bears can be seen gathering together on the Bute banks, feasting on the endless supply of salmon in their months before hibernation season. Bute offers a safe haven for large bear populations, rich in food and shelter and almost untouched by man-made obstruction.

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