Question about carnivores in WA State and/or British Columbia, CA
Hi again to the mammal watching community.
Before I get to my question let me not be selfish, and thank everyone for the awesome tips and advice I’ve been getting from everyone!! It’s extremely helpful and I’ve seen more cool mammals over the past 2-3 years than I have in all the rest of my life combined.
Ok – now to my question:
I just booked my tickets to Seattle for a total of 8 days, of which 3-4 I’m spending in Portland visiting friends. So that leaves me with really 4 days to do some mammal watching. I know that ‘s not a long time, but I was thinking of either going to BC in Canada and staying on Vancouver Island, or spending time in Olympic and Mt. Rainier.
I’m kind of leaning towards the former.. But what do you all think?
First of all – never seen a grizzly bear. So I was thinking of doing a Knight Inlet bear tour for a day. But besides Grizzly my main targets are (still) felines – highest priority; Martens and fishers – second priority; Other mustelids tied with wolf – third priority and then other mammals.
Actually I’d skip any other mammal to get a good picture of a puma, lynx or bobcat, with Marten being close behind. So any tips? What can I do in 3-4 days around Vancouver island to maximize my chances of seeing my animals? SHould I just go ahead and do a grizzly tour even though it’s a whole day? Do you see other animals besides grizzly and black bears? Orcas are cool, but I’ve already seen them well, as I have gray and humpback whales, and harbour porpoise. Or does anyone think I should stay in the USA, stay inside Olympic for a few nights and just drive up and down the roads at night? I know fishers are pretty much extinct from Olympic, but I haven’t heard about them being seen on Vancouver Island either.
I’ve read through Jon’s trip report of BC and WA state, and the rest of the reports. One cool thing to note is that all the BC reports by others saw a marten, but they all spent more time there than I can, and only saw 1 or 2 after a few days there.
Any tips, names of good mammal watching guides, or anything else would be highly welcome!!! Also, if anyone is in the area and can/wants to join for a couple of days – then by all means!!
Thanks in advance!