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Monday, September 18, 2017

Bear Cub Acrobatics!

The black bear sows and their cubs have stayed close to our area this late summer and fall. The mothers are marking trees a lot, and that lets us see that they are still lactating. That's part of why their cubs are so big!

This is our sow who has a single cub. We've followed this pair all spring and summer.

Then, as they moved on from that dancing tree, they found another one that had been marked. Mom checked it out.

Her cub sniffed the lower branches carefully.

And then she climbed it to smell the bears who had marked the top!

The big surprise came in late August. A brown mother bear arrived at a marking tree. You can't see it in the still photos (it's in the video) - but she had TWO cubs! It was her first appearance this year. Again, you can see that she was still lactating. (that counters the argument that it's fine to hunt bears at this time of year because the cubs don't need them anymore).

Then one of her cubs imitated her! It made me laugh.

The same sow visited the same tree within the past week, and she roughhoused with her cub!

Most of these photos are frames from the video that I am sharing below. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did! It's also on Youtube.

As you know, I love observing bears. I'm overjoyed that two sows have managed to bring their cubs this far. It isn't too long until they den for the winter.


  1. Hari OM
    thank you so much for sharing the beauty and delight of lives otherwise unseen!!! YAM xx

  2. I love the part where the second cub comes loping along to catch up with Mama and sibling :)

  3. What a wonder it is to see all the activity you capture on your cameras. Thanks for sharing this glimpse into the lives of the bears in your neck of the woods.

  4. LOVE THIS! I loved seeing the brown bear cub imitating his mom and the last clip where the cub falls off is adorable, too! I don't know why, but it always amazes me seeing bears climb. Their body frames don't look like they would be good climbers, but they they sure are

  5. So wonderful to be able to see these guys in their natural habitat rather than pacing back and forth in a zoo cage. Thank you for sharing your bears with us.

  6. He tried so hard!!! Super still pics, and a wonderful start for my day.

  7. Two families! What a treat. Love the little one imitating his mother and of course, the acrobat!

  8. WE always love seeing the bears and their antics!
    Hazel & Mabel

  9. Oh I'm loving your bears! Who could hunt such amazing animals at ANY time of year?

  10. Now that was some entertaining video - love it!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  11. I love it!! I especially love the intimate look at bear lives you bring here.

  12. How we love your videos. Those cubs sure do make us smile.

  13. We loved the video! The cubs are so adorable to watch☺

  14. Love how much they stand on their back paws! They are all so adorable!

  15. Thank you for posting such great footage of the bears, we so rarely get a glimpse in this way. We have a traveling mama and cubs in the area, but often wonder what they do in their spare time...

  16. Is this a new spot you have found. That bear marking tree looks pretty good.


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