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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fun Bear Activity

I'm taking a break from the desert stories today to tell you about springtime here in the mountains. The mountains themselves look wintery.
And the storms keep enveloping them. It's going to be mid-summer before we can hike easily up there.
But, down at our elevation, the animals are marching forward with their spring traditions. The bluebirds flit about the meadows and awe me with their brightness. And some shrubs, like the one the bluebird is perched on, are getting green leaves!

The bigger animals are getting moving too. I've seen lots of bear activity with my trail cameras recently.
It's been so much activity that I made a video of it. Here's a synopsis of what you'll see in the video.

First, a female marked a tree, and then she took a mud bath in the rain. During her bath, she rolled onto her back, and her nipples were visibly enlarged. I do believe that this sow has cubs, and we'll get to see the cubs when they get a little bigger. Usually, mother bears leave their tiny cubs high in pine trees while they go about their business. It isn't until the cubs are bigger and more agile that they will start moving around with their mother.

Then, a few days later, a big male did a bunch of marking on the main mating path in our area. I think that the male might be Milton Sr. but I'll have to see more footage before I'm certain. You can watch the video here or at Youtube.

I love springtime, even when it's filled with stormy weather. Seeing the bears go about their daily lives is simply amazing!

27 comments:

  1. Your trail cam takes such clear photos. I love it.

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  2. the bear in the mudbath is amazing footage! reminded me of my mare when she goes in the pond and lays down. :)

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  3. We love your spring time,,, and spring time bears and birds!
    love
    tweedles

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  4. Kia ora KB,
    Awesome to see the vibrance and bounce of life. Kia kaha e hoa!
    Robb

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  5. What an amazing sight to see the bears just being themselves. I always get a treat with your trail cameras.

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  6. I cant kepe my face from grinning. I love the bears and I could watch the video of the bear in the pool for hours.

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  7. Ok, first, the male gets a name and not the female? WTF?
    And second: how CUTE! I will hug him and squeeze him and hold him and name him Milton!

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  8. Sorry Wild Dingo. The females do have names. And I think that the one in the video was Mabel... but I was not certain enough to proclaim that she was Mabel! Mabel had one cub two summers ago. She and her cub played in that puddle lots and lots.

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  9. Crikey bears and bluebirds. It doesn't get much better than that, aye?? The colours in that bluebird!! AMAZING!!

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  10. That is so cool and we love watching our videos and looking at your pictures. We love doing it from the east coast where it is safe but we still love doing it.

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  11. I love seeing the bears back, too. We are getting these great color shots of them and they look so pretty!

    Cheers and hugs,

    Jo

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  12. That mud bath was totally awesome!!

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  13. WOW!! That footage of the female in the little mud pool was amazing!! Great catch on that one KB!! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I love your mountains... but if I ever see a bear in the furs... I probably would swoon :o)
    easy rider

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  15. How fun to watch the bear taking a bath- she made it look like it felt sooooo good!! And how I loved that bluebird - my favorite color showing in all its brilliance.

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  16. Those bears are quite fun to watch!

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  17. Why I don't know about that big bear marking that tree, I think he was in love with that tiny tree, why his lipstick was out.
    He was really big.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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  18. Amazing Videos!!!!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  19. We can't get over the size of those bears
    Lily & Edward

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  20. Wow, we'd hate to interrupt them! Looks like that dip in the pool of water was thoroughly enjoyed too! Great video!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  21. The snow on the mountains is so beautiful. We can almost feel the cooling breezes here!

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  22. Hi KB, It is resembling winter today with heavy rains and thunder. I'm really looking forward to the high 80's next week,if it gets that warm. That Bluebird is so beautiful; we don't get them where we are-wish we did. Love the bear pics.
    Hope you have a fantastic weekend my friend.
    Hugs, Noreen

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  23. The Man and I enjoyed the bear video. Quote from the Man "they are so cute, too bad they would eat your face off!"

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  24. "Smallish Bear" made me think of Brother Bear, only one of my favourite films ever.

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  25. I'm fascinated with all the bear marking... the last one looked to be urinating as he marked...is that the custom??

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