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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Spring Bear Action

There's a bear-marking tree that I've been monitoring for a couple of years. It's been mangled down to really just one vertical stick with only tiny branches over the years but the bears still use it.

One of the recently independent cubs visited early this season, all by herself.
Next, the biggest bear in the forest, "Tiny", visited. What a contrast!
Another adult bear...
Then, Tiny again...
This is another contrast. The next bear was the second-biggest bear in our forest, Milton.
Like past years, Milton vigorously marked the tree.
I thought he was going to fall over backwards.
He seemed to notice the camera!
A little more than 12 hours later, Tiny was back to answer Milton.
Because this tree is so mangled and stunted by all the marking it receives, Tiny can't even stand up fully while marking it.
Then, a couple of days later, our yearling cub was back again. She climbed the tree so she could sniff the top of it.
It seems that there was lots of info there... she kept sniffing.
Then, she descended gracefully...
She did a funny little bipedal movement, almost like a dance.
And departed. I am rooting for this little sow so much. I hope she grows up to be one of the mother bears in our forest.
Happy Springtime!


  1. Love seeing the bears in action. The last shot of Shyla is just so joyful...she's a happy girl!!

  2. Great bear action!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  3. It seems funny to us, that it's just the one tree. You'd think they'd use one of the others as well....

    XXXOOO Bella Roxy & Dui

  4. OMD!!! I thinks Ma is in loves with Tiny!!! How CUTE!!!! And the wee lass ~ OMD, just adorables!!!
    Looks like they leave FABulous FurMail!
    Ruby ♥

  5. Wow, so neat! That stick is like a bear calling card. It lets all the other bears know who's already been there!

  6. I wonder if they each can smell the other bears, and climbing the poor wee twig, surely one day it will snap over. Superb photos. Cheers,Jean

  7. Wow!!! These photos are just amazing!!! Shyla sure is a happy girl!!

  8. Great Bear pics!and a cute little girl moseying along!


  9. These pictures are so amazing! Love the ones where the bear is standing up.

  10. Wonderful pics of the bears! How tall are the big boys when they are all stretched out in full marking mode?

  11. What amazing photos you capture!! Now if you haven't been over there yet, please pop over to see our furiend Frankie who has eye troubles today. Thanks!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  12. That darling little cub looks so small and defenseless! Fingers crossed for her. Too cute :)

  13. Interesting that the older bears have the same posture as they check the tree! Glad to see Milton back, isn't he the one you were concerned about? Like Taryn, I wonder how tall Tiny is when he stands (when the moon bear stood up a few feet from me at the Zoo I was shocked at his height).
    PS> thanks for the tip that my blog isn't showing up for you. I don't know why but will try to find out :)

  14. KB, it did my heart good to see these gorgeous, healthy bears! Tiny is truly a spectacular fellow! Well, they all are spectacular. I too hope the yearling will survive and thrive. I love Shyla's jaunty demeanor in that last photo. She looks so happy and confident! Thanks for sharing these.


  15. The bears are so gorgeous! I mean ... in a "those are wild animals, keep your distance" kind of way. :)

  16. Hi Y'all!

    Love the bear photos.

    Shyla looks like she's in heaven trotting down that path.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  17. Good gracious, those males are massive, aren't they?

  18. Great serie from the bears, love it!


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