K and I had a glorious mountain bike ride yesterday before the snow storm moved in. We served our punishment, meted out by Benny and Lily, for my close call with hypothermia. It was a two day suspension from mountain bike riding. We served it in dog days. Each dog day is 1/7 of a human day. So, we skipped riding for a few hours and then we were free to romp and roll all over the forest!
I'm not sure if this was Tiny or some other bear. Based on his humongous size, I suspect that he was Tiny... but I can't be sure. In any case, I'm guessing that the bear who came into our clearing is a male because he clearly was still voracious. Bears become less hungry and lethargic before hibernation. Female bears, especially pregnant ones, are probably either in their dens or relaxing near dens by now. Their appetites are waning toward nonexistent. Males go into hibernation much later so they keep foraging with a vengeance into the fall. That's why I think that the bear in our clearing is a male.
Yes, winter started this morning. Look at the difference in our forest... and the evil eye from the very young buck closest to the camera. I wonder if this is his first winter?