While we were away, the bears were in a mating season frenzy here at home. I thought that I'd chronicle the daily life of one poor bear whammy tree that was repeatedly marked by bears. This behavior is a way of scent-marking and attracting mates. You'll see that the season hasn't ended. The last photo was from this morning. All the photos were taken by my trail camera, a motion activated camera posted in the woods. Check out trailcampro.com if you don't know about these amazing cameras.
I realize that there are a lot of photos here but I thought that they just might make you smile.
I'll start with when the bear whammy tree was mauled at the end of April.
cubs from last summer, attempted a tree marking. Like all the young bears who I've observed, this youngster hasn't yet figured out that she should rub her back on the tree...
More than a week later, a big brute visited the same tree. He sniffed it first.
A few days later, a cinnamon-colored bear visited the same tree.
I think that the next visitor was the same bear as on 5/17.
Just one more funny bear note. The tree in the next photo is in a different part of the forest. The little bear, who I think is one of last year's cubs, tried to mark it. Look how she's standing on her tippy-toes. She hasn't learned to rub her back against the whammy trees yet.
I adore watching bear behavior at this time of year. We got a unique view of it during our trip... but I'll save that story for another day.