Today, I found photos on a wildlife camera showing that our friend the doe and her two fawns are doing well. First, the doe arrived.
A bear made a beeline for a bear "whammy" tree - a pine sapling that has been decimated by the emphatic back rubbing by bears on it for many years.
here. After all, mating season is over so that behavior is fairly rare now. However, the bear walked so that he/she rubbed against the overhanging branches from all the adjacent trees, leaving his/her unique scent mark.
I thought that the bear was gone when I saw a series of empty photos. But then, when I looked a few photos ahead in the series. It seems that he/she caught my scent next to the camera and returned to investigate. What a snout!
On our mountain bike ride, K and I caught a glimpse of a bear fleeing into the woods, a long way from where the wildlife photos were taken. K wanted to give chase but obediently recalled to me and made eye contact. This what K looks like when she is reluctantly taking her eyes off the path of a bear and looking at me!