Horrifying images were shared with the public and it showed a family of grizzly bears in Canada, finding salmon and other food before they go into hibernation.
The family was photographed near the shores of Knight Inlet, British Columbia, Canada.
The images showed emaciated bears desperately looking for fish to eat, mainly salmon, despite the fact that the salmon population has decreased a lot due to climate change.
Fishermen in Knight Inlet said this is the worst salmon year in British Columbia in nearly 50 years.
The images showed a mother and 2 cubs emaciated, the animals are supposed to go into hibernation next month for winter.
Experts said the salmon population decreased due to human factors such as salmon farming. The process of salmon farming is known to spread disease amongst fishes and could kill them. It also pollutes the water.
Experts also said Climate Change has affected a lot of fish populations due to the increasing water temperatures that are disturbing the ecosystems.
According to a study that was conducted by Fisheries Oceans Canada, Canada has experienced accelerated climate warming.
Rolf Hicker, a photographer, shared the images on Facebook.
While posting the images, he wrote, “Worst Salmon run here in the Broughton in history I read today. I fully believe it. I have not seen a single salmon in a river so far. The bears are starving and it breaks my heart seeing this unfold. I believe it is important to show this side too. Here in the Broughton is no salmon left for the bears (and whales I must assume?).”
He added, “We saw this sow with her two little ones a couple of weeks ago and then we saw her again only a few days ago. I have no idea how she would make it through the winter without salmon. I sure prefer to show you beautiful nice wildlife and nature pictures but it is important and my duty as a photographer to show you this side too.”
Knight Inlet is a well-known spot in British Columbia to see Grizzly Bears.
Knight Inlet, Hoeya Sound, and Lull Bay, which are famous areas to see Grizzly Bears in British Columbia, are monitored by the Mamalilikulla First Nation.
During an interview with CNN, Jake Smith, who is a guardian watchman manager for the Mamalilikulla First Nation, talked about how climate changed has affected the wildlife in their area.
He said, “They have drastically changed within a couple of months. The bears are in trouble.”
Jake said he saw the horrible images of the emaciated bears.
Smith arranged 500 salmon fishes for the bears.
The fishes were donated by the A-Tlegay Fisheries Society.
Salmons are the main food source of bears, and they are currently at the all-time lows in British Columbia.
The fishes are going to be placed at the shores where bears frequently hunt for fishes.
Jake said they threw in the fish, and bears came for the fishes right away.
He said this is the only way to help the poor animals.
Jake said the Mamalilikulla First Nation is going to take care and minor the bear to make sure they are alright.
The Mamalilikulla First Nation is also monitoring the food situation in the area.