Chilcotin Holidays Ranch owners Kevan Bracewell, a third-generation guide-outfitter and Sylvia Waterer, a resource-management expert and director of the B.C. Wilderness Association, believe that, in the South Chilcotin Mountains in which they operate, the grizzlies are thriving.
"Triplets are not rare," Waterer
says of a species that commonly produces one or two cubs.
"Last year we saw a bear with four cubs.
And when you see that, it's an indication that life is good."
While Chilcotin Holidays Ranch is licensed to offer hunting trips, it's best known for four to 10-day pack-horse trips into the desert-like mountains, and grizzly sighting trips like the one we join.
"We're almost glad it's not open to (grizzly) hunting," Waterer
adds of the couple's more than million-dollar operation.