|Last winter's occupants|
|A yearling cub last winter|
In this post, I'll chronicle bear events since last April, focusing on the visitors to the bear den. Please excuse the details (and ignore them if you wish) - they are written down for me to try to identify individual bears and where they traveled throughout the year.
A bear who I've dubbed "Scarface" extensively investigated the den site in April, within weeks of the bear family departing.
A bobcat, looking tiny compared to the bears, crossed in front of the den.
5/24/10: a bear visited our clearing.
5/25/10: bears walked along Black Bear Trail shown here and here.
5/27/10: A bear marked a tree on Black Bear Trail and then a bobcat vigorously marked the same spot. This is a "must-see" video for seeing bear marking behavior and the reaction of a bobcat to it.
6/10/10: a bear visited our clearing. I don't know if it was the same bear as visited the den on 6/10/10 because the den visitor never showed her face to the camera.
6/10-6/12/10 ("Black Bear Parade"): A bear walked Black Bear Trail and marked trees around 12:40 PM on 6/10/10. Another bear marked trees on Black Bear Trail at 8:40 AM and 8:00 PM on 6/11/10. A small cinnamon bear passed the same area at about 9 PM on 6/11/10. If you've never seen bears marking trees, the "Black Bear Parade" video is hysterical!
Near the start of mating season, an unknown bear briefly visited the den site. I suspect that she was a sow because Scarface, almost definitely a male, followed her the next day. Here's the suspected sow:
On 6/15/10 at 6:26 AM, a bear strolled along Black Bear Trail who looked a lot like Scarface.
On 6/20/10, a large black bear visited our clearing.
In the midst of this maelstrom of bear activity, a deer visiting the den seemed fascinated by the ursine scents. I'm surprised that she wasn't afraid of the site.
a similar-looking cinnamon bear as above walked Black Bear Trail and sniffed a "bear whammy tree" (a pine sapling marked and broken by bears) but didn't mark it.
On 7/3/10, a bear walked along Black Bear Trail and visited the den. She reminds me of the sow who used this den last winter. She arrived near the den with her rump shedding...
A mule deer doe stopped by the next day.
On 7/6, a bear licked and sniffed a wildlife camera on Black Bear Trail (BBT) and a bear with a "mane" walked BBT. Similarly, on 7/10, a bear gave my "den camera" a very close examination but never checked out the den.
a bear on a berry-covered slope on 7/23/10, a bear "investigating a camera", and a bear passing a camera in August.
This story will be continued. Obviously, I have several more months to tell you about to bring you up to date on the activities at the bear den!
K has informed me that I cannot have a post without a dog photo. Here's a "K at sunrise" photo!