My trail cameras have captured more photos of the bear family, which is still divided.
One afternoon recently, the chocolate cub entered the frame near a bear marking tree (it's in the center of the photo).
But she didn't stay for long. Soon she was hurrying after her cub.
However, the black cub showed up on a trail camera about 0.4 miles from this spot a couple of days later. The camera shoots rapidfire still photos. It looked as if she was using her injured back right paw now. Compared to how she was in earlier videos, this is a huge improvement.
I've sent inquiries to a couple of bear experts to ask if they've seen scenarios where mother bears won't accept a cub back after a prolonged separation. I haven't received replies yet.
I think that this little black cub, who I believe is a female, can survive based on studies of cubs who lose their mothers to hunting at this time of year. I am so impressed with her spunk and will to survive that I'm going to call her "Braveheart". She has earned that name in her short life.
I long to see this family together again so little Braveheart has a better chance of growing up to be a mother bear in our neck of the woods.