When I set up the cam, our uniquely colored yearling cub hadn't caught my attention yet. So, the possibility that only small bears would be able to stand on the limbs didn't occur to me.
Indeed, it turned out that only our yearling bear cub ate these apples. Full grown bears walked right past the tree without trying to climb it.
In the next photo, the apple tree is the middle tree. The yearling cub is marking a small juniper tree below the apple tree. He gave that juniper a thorough marking before moving onto the apples in the tree.
After marking the juniper, he started climbing the tree.
Like most young bears, he is a very fast and agile climber.
His first visit to the tree was 8/11 and he returned again on 8/20.
Again, he went right toward the top of the tree. He ate some apples while in the tree, and then he picked up the ones that had fallen to the ground under the force of him climbing the tree.
During each visit, he spent only a couple of minutes at the tree but ate a bunch of apples each time.
I have a short video of him climbing the tree each time. I hope that you're as fascinated by it as I was.