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Monday, July 30, 2018

Young Bears Learning to Tree Dance!

The main part of ursine mating season has come to a close. I usually still see a pair of bears together a few times for the rest of the summer but the frenzy of the season has passed.

This is the time of year when some younger bears dare to visit the marking trees that were decimated by the dances of the huge bears during the mating season. The younger bears have some funny notions of what they're supposed to do at marking trees.

This blond guy is my favorite younger bear. He's probably 2 or 3 years old - and definitely not mature enough to participate in mating season. He visited a marking tree and sniffed intensely. I aimed this camera so that the heads of the biggest bears would barely stay in the frame while they marked the tree. Look how tiny this cute little guy is!

After he finished sniffing, he showed off his bipedal skills.

He stayed bipedal for a little while! I know that he's a wild bear but that doesn't stop me from thinking that he's incredibly cute!
There was a cub in the area last year with similar coloring so perhaps this is a yearling.

Another bear visited a clearing that is usually the site of a wonderful pool where bears bathe. Alas, this year, the pool is dry. But, this bear found another thing to do in the clearing - mark an aspen tree (I've now reoriented the camera to have the tree closer to the middle). The funny part was that this bear let out a huge yawn in the midst of marking. I laughed out loud!

A youngish bear visited the leaning tree that so many bears marked during mating season. He sniffed...

And then he started a unique dance!

I hope that you enjoy the video of these bears' "dances" at trees. I have been amused by them recently!


  1. Hari OM
    Yup, I second that - Blondie is incredibly cute!!! YAM xx

  2. I am thinking the bears are hearing Let's Twist Again in their heads.. that blond bear is just precious, wild or not... so cut, sitting up like a sitting canine...

  3. I love seeing the tree dancing in the video - especially the first big guy! The blond younger bear is pretty cute, too.

  4. They are so cute. Gotta learn sometime.

  5. The video is so cute! I love it! Thank you for sharing with us KB!

  6. We love watching the youngsters tree dance☺

  7. LOL - they are just too funny. We thought that first one was gearing up to "do the twist":)

  8. The lighter brown bear almost matches Shyla's gorgeous furs
    Hugs madi and mom

  9. Hee why do you suppose seeing those guys do their tree dance suddenly made my back itch?! Blondie is sure a cutie, even if he's a wild bear.

  10. Those bears are cute. We always love seeing their tree marking antics.

  11. I love how they hold onto the trees - too funny! What great captures!
    Jan, Wag n Woof Pets

  12. Wow! I'm glad I dont have to worry about running into them on one of our hikes, but I sure love seeing your videos!

  13. Thank you for keeping me in touch with the fabulous world of natue

  14. Tree dancin'! loves it!!! Yuppers, the Blonde is adorables!
    Ruby ♥

  15. Fabulous tree dancing!!
    Hazel & Mabel

  16. The bears are adorable and also super funny to watch. It is hard to remember they are dangerous wild animals.


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