A new day, a new adventure
Today we travel to a different island with different habitat. No longer in the rain forest, we are hiking through tall grass to reach Mussel River in the hopes of observing grizzly bears.
Grizzly bears and black bears do not inhabit the same islands for several reasons. Grizzly bears prefer more open, grassy areas for foraging, while the black bear prefers a more dense forest atmosphere. Grizzlies need far more room to roam than black bears require, and grizzly bears are at the top of the food chain making black bears vulnerable as prey.
Even though the expanse is flat and open, one must be careful when hiking through the tall vegetation. The big brown bears enjoy sleeping and napping in this type of environment, so one would not want to surprise a sleeping bear by stepping on it.