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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Life at a Bear Marking Tree

One bear tree has seen lots of big male bears marking it lately. In first case in the video, there was a female bear with the male who marked the tree multiple times.

Our injured male bear, Milton, visited at least once. He has a white blaze on his chest and a bad limp on his front right limb. He may have been there more than once. Enjoy!

You can watch video here or at Youtube.


  1. I would find it so hard to tell which one was which, apart from Milton, I too would worry about him , and am always amazed that the little tree does not snap its branches under that huge weight. They almost seem to dance when marking. Cheers from Jean. p.s. lovely video, as always, I so enjoy them

  2. I like how they pull a branch down onto their hear and shoulder. Wonderful video. And it does seem Milton's limp is much worse.

  3. I love these bear marking videos. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Like Goose, I love to see them pull the leafy branch down on their heads and shoulders. Does it make them seem bigger to the other bears??

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  5. Must be layers of bear scent on that tree!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  6. Awesome as always.

    I was thinking about your bears today when a friend texted me to say she saw a bear on a trail 30 km from our place.

  7. That tree is like bear-nip
    Benny & Lily

  8. Wonderful footage. I was so glad to see MIlton. That seems like a lot of bears in one area. IS that normal?

    Bert adn My Vickie

  9. Fabulous video of the bears! It's great to see you have such a large, healthy (apart from gimpy Milton) population. Thanks so much for sharing them. :-)

    Susan and Wrigs

  10. All of the bears sure look happy about marking their trees!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  11. It just about breaks my heart to see him limping so bad.. love watching these videos, thanks for sharing!

  12. Wonderful video! Thanks so much.

    I keep meaning to ask -- I notice that all the bear marking trees seem to be broken off at about head height on the big males. Is there some reason for that? Any idea how it happens?

  13. that was wonderful to see! so cool.
    so i take it that you have to go to your camera to collect the footage.... and if so you are most likely hyper alert each time?!
    i wonder how long that little tree can survive all this rubbing and pulling. amazing!

  14. Incredible. You are so blessed to have access to such wonderful wildlife activity. You are creating such a legacy of behavior records!


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