This year is different. Bears have been spotted still foraging recently, and I've followed the tracks of a fast moving bear moving through our forest.
Then, a few days ago, I rode my snow bike into an area that bears like in the summer to check a trail cam. As I approached it, I wondered why I'd left it pointing at the sky. I explained it to myself by remembering that I'd been freezing the last time that I checked the cam, and I'd probably departed in a big hurry.
The real reason didn't even cross my mind. A bear...
... had attacked the trail cam within the previous week.
Fortunately, unlike a previous time, the bear didn't kill the cam so it lived to tell the story. I have the video here for you to see.
Those healthy and clean teeth suggest that he's a youngster. Perhaps he needs an adult to tell him that it's time for bed!