I was going to post about our desert trip today but something else has taken precedence. The bears around here started appearing on my trail cameras in early April. At first, I saw only the big males, Tiny and Milton. More recently, other bears have made appearances.
This uniquely marked young bear appeared at a bear-marking tree on May 7. The black "socks" and the black ridge on his spine are rare.
breakup of Socks from her mother at the start of mating season when a big male was following her mother around. So, I feel like we know Socks, and I hope that she's okay.
The reason for my worry is that a bear was recently killed in town for entering apartments looking for food. That bear looked remarkably like the bear who my trail camera photographed on May 7. The photo below is from the local newspaper, depicting the bear who was shot soon thereafter.
Up here in the mountains, my trail cameras are documenting that the bear activity level is zooming upward. I'm capturing cool photos and videos of the start of bear mating season. I'll share them soon. But, for today, I'd rather that we all think about how to share our world with bears in a safe way, locking our doors so bears can't get in and taking all the other standard precautions.
To end this post on a happier note, while we were in the desert, the flowers were blooming, looking so delicate against the harsh desert landscape.