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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

More Bear Den Fun and Games

Today, I am sharing another installment of the bear family at their den in late April. That was the time frame when the cubs became mobile. They weren't climbing big trees yet but they seemed to love playing with each other and "bouldering" on the small rocks and fallen trees near the den entrance.

The cubs have absolutely incredible energy levels!

I can see what a big difference it makes to have a sibling. Several sows in our neck of the woods have only one cub this year. I bet that being a bear mom is a lot harder with a solo cub!

The cubs did not only play during the day. They played all night too! They'd take short naps when my cams would pick up no activity but then start again within an hour or so. Here they were at 11:30 at night!

The chocolate male cub was working on pulling himself up onto a branch while his sister watched.

Poor mom got no sleep. She stayed in the den with her eyes open all the time that the cubs played at night.

I am including a video to show the cubs playing. It also shows mom taking a walk and coming back with a single pine branch. It seemed bizarre to see her carefully pull the branch into the den with her. I've always thought that the floor of the den looks like a very hard surface to spend an entire winter lying on. There's not much forest duff to drag into the den to make a soft bed. But I hardly think that one pine branch would help much!

You can watch the video here or at Youtube. Enjoy!


  1. We love the baby bears,,, so precious!
    Maybe momma bear brought the branch to make a new door.

  2. What busy little cubs! Nope, that pine branch doesn't look too cushy to us!


  3. The cubs are so cute.
    Love when the clip shows
    them having a boxing match!
    xo Astro

  4. With so much strife in the world right now, it sure is wonderful watching the miracle of nature (and the mischief of bear cubs)! Thanks so much for brightening up my day!

  5. Baby bears are so cute!!

    Aroo to you,

  6. The baby bears are so sweet! How fun to be able to observe them.

    Monty, Harlow and Ramble

  7. Great pics & video! How long did you have to wait to get the camera?

  8. I don't think a baby animal that isn't cute exists. I love seeing your wildlife photos. Thank you for sharing them.

  9. LOVE the segment at 2:18 when the brown cub learns the strategic value of Higher Ground! Bounce! Bounce! Bounce! Wave both paws! Wheeee!


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