While Vancouver Island is home to a wide range of wildlife, including black bears, the hulking grizzly bear is not a permanent resident.
This is exactly why this video of a visiting grizzly captured by island resident Trevor Sokoloski is such a rarity.
The video was recorded last week about 40 km from Campbell River and 20 km away from Rock Bay Marine Park and shows a lone grizzly bear nibbling on some coarse blade estuary grass.
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Many community members believe the bear is the same one that visited a Campbell River salmon farm, Cermaq Canada, last Friday.
The grizzly can be recognized by its predominant scar located on the front of her forehead, pictured below:
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While grizzly sightings on Vancouver Island are rare, they are not unheard of.
According to Discover Vancouver Island, some coastal grizzly bears that live on nearby islands occasionally swim to our shores while foraging for food.
Video of the gentle giant:
40 km from Campbell river..20 k down rock bay main..4-5 year old boar grizzly🤙😊
Posted by Trevor Sokoloski on Tuesday, May 21, 2019