PUBLISHED: 4:15 PM on Wednesday, August 15, 2007
The early-morning fog is gently evaporating, gradually revealing mountains around the Mendenhall Visitors' Center. Only a handful of locals and a few adventurous travelers have made it to a nearby creek to watch a black bear sow swiftly catch a red sockeye salmon and share it with her two cubs. Now full, this youngster wandered off, perhaps excited to play and learn about his new world. During the salmon run, black bears are abundant around the observation platforms of the Moraine Ecology trail. The best time to see them there is either early in the mornings from 6-7am, or in the evenings between 6-8pm.