Yesterday, I casually presented a list of some predators of spawning kokanee. In addition to bears, I listed: eagles, ospreys, ravens, and gulls. Bert Port then added mallards, and while I suggested they snack on the eggs, these could also be considered to be kokanee, if fertilized.
While I hadn’t presumed that my list was exhaustive, I had not guessed that I would so quickly add — if not a predator — at least a kokanee scavenger.
This is one of five Turkey Vultures that were seen eyeing spawners from high in the trees. Vultures find meals by the odour of rotting flesh — something unmistakable along the spawning channel.