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The Globe and Mail's John Lehmann spent the weekend at the Tweedsmuir Park Lodge in the Bella Coola Valley on the hunt for Grizzly bears. Equipped with a 600mm telephoto lens, Lehmann drifted down the Atnarko River with bear guide Ken Corbould as the grizzlies fished for salmon and dug the banks for roe. He also walked with bear guide Doug Baker along the Atnarko Tote Road where the Grizzly bears rule the valley and where they can be admired, but only from a distance.

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A grizzly bear sow and her spring cub make their way along an old rock slide in the Bella Coola Valley near Tweedsmuir Park Lodge Oct. 8, 2011.

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The remains of salmon eaten by a grizzly bear on the beach along the Atnarko River in the Bella Coola Valley near Tweedsmuir Park Lodge October 8, 2011.

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A grizzly bear eats his freshly caught salmon in the Atnarko River which runs through the Bella Coola Valley near Tweedsmuir Park Lodge Oct. 7, 2011.

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Giant claw marks left in a tree by a grizzly bear in the Bella Coola Valley near Tweedsmuir Park Lodge Oct. 8, 2011.

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A grizzly bear track is left behind from a recent visit along the sand bank on the Atnarko River in the Bella Coola Valley near Tweedsmuir Park Lodge Oct. 8, 2011. Grizzly bears feed on salmon along the river before their long winter hibernation.

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