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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Black and White Sunday: Black Bear and Cub

I mentioned last week that my trail cameras captured photos and footage of a black bear mother and her cub. I've dubbed this mother bear "Mabel". These photos astounded me because the pair has gained so much weight since we last saw footage of them. Here is Mabel arriving in front of a bear marking tree. It looks to me as if she was lying in a bed of leaves for a while and many of them are stuck to her fur.
A short time later, her cub arrived. This cub is in superb shape for the start of winter. S/he has so much fat!
Then, mom exited the picture while her cub stood up to sniff (and perhaps mark) the tree.
I was lucky enough to capture footage of them in three different locations. The photos above are from the last location. I put together a video that shows them in three different spots along a mile or so walk.

You can enjoy the video here or at Youtube.

I suspect that Mabel and her cub are tucked away, starting their winter snooze now. During an outing the other day, I found bear cub tracks heading toward the bear den that I know so well because it was used by a bear family a few years ago. My fingers are crossed that one of our bear families will choose that den so that we can watch them this winter! It's a big enough den for a whole family!


  1. Fingers crossed too! I have decided if I get to come back as any animal, it will be a bear. Eat half the year, sleep the other half. Sounds like a good deal to me!

  2. They have certainly had a nourishing summer, haven't they? They will probably come out pretty healthy in the spring.


    Jo, Stella, and Zkhat

  3. It just amazes me that you catch so many incredible shots of wildlife in your area-not because of you but I always think animals are so illusive.
    Hope you are enjoying a warm day before the storm hits.
    Hugs, Noreen

  4. I love their "bear butts"!! Wishing them a warm and safe winter!!

  5. I like bear butts and I cannot lie. You other brothers can't deny. When a bear walks in with a big ol' waist and a round thing in yo' face, you get SPRUNG!

    Let the horrible dancing commence!

  6. If we had a bear cam we would get NOTHING done at all!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  7. They look so fat and healthy! It must have been a summer of abundant food. Keeping my fingers crossed that they'll choose the den where you have a trail cam. Loved seeing Mabel playing in the spring. :-)

    Susan and Wrigs

  8. wow! how very cool! and you are right - they are well rounded and ready for winter! good to see that!

    thanks for coming by from jo's place. really appreciate it! blessings to you - and stay safe!

  9. Awesome. I think it's so cool you get to see these guys on your trail cams. I hope the big den finds a nice family.

  10. I'm with some of the other commenters...I love that picture of the bear butts of mother and cub. Thanks for sharing your amazing trail cameras with all of us.


  11. The cubs but reminded me of my Benny's fat little butt.

  12. Benny's Mom is funny:) Beautiful bears. Hope you do have some new residents moving in.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  13. That's so cool that you can get those pictures with a trail camera. But I thought only dogs marked trees. I guess us dogs and those bears have something in common.

  14. We can't wait till the bears here start to hibernate

    Stop on by for a visit

  15. Wow! What a difference a few months make! Thanks for taking the time to make the video so we can see the difference!

  16. Wow - those bears are HUGE! We really enjoyed the video! Thank you, KB!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  17. great photos! they are nice and fat!

  18. What wonderful footage. I'm thrilled that we now have affordable (relatively speaking) cameras that allow us to see these bears without disturbing them.

    Thanks for sharing.

  19. Hi!
    Great Pictures.
    What is the White spots on her side???
    Hope they go to sleep soon so they can stay safe

  20. Here's wishing for a safe hibernation and awaken to a food laden Spring.

    Amazing photography.

  21. I remember the marvelous videos you got of the hibernating bears coming out of the den. Here's hoping they will use that one. I do love your bears.


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