From The Vancouver Sun:

_As far as anyone can remember or scientists can determine, only black bears have lived on Vancouver Island.
But this year, grizzlies have been sighted far and wide on northern Vancouver Island and the knot of smaller islands that press close against the coast between Port Hardy and Campbell River. . . .

Officials suspect three or four sub-adult male grizzlies are responsible for this year’s sightings, having paddled and island-hopped their way westward from the B.C. mainland._