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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Mama Bear and her Cubs

 Our young sow, Mohawk, has been leading her first litter of cubs throughout the heart of her territory. After a bath down the slope, she and her cubs appeared on Black Bear Trail.

Her cubs are growing so fast! It seems as if they've almost doubled in size since we first saw them more than a month ago. In this photo, Mohawk is looking for ant pupae under a rock. When you see this scene in the video, watch her tongue flick out as she ate a little from under the rock.

Just the next day, mom went to her favorite water hole. Her cubs hung out nearby playing. Here, Brownie had a heart-to-heart with her mom.

Meanwhile, Blackie climbed a marking tree and relaxed on a branch near the top of it.
What an amazing opportunity for us - having a sow raising cubs in the heart of the territory where I have cams. I hope that more bear food is ready for eating soon. I happen to know that Mohawk led her cubs close to houses the other night looking for food. That's not good - I really hope that this first-time mother can feast on real bear food soon.

Check out the video!


  1. Hari om
    Such a joy to see... here is praying for natural food! YAM xx

  2. oh this tow... so cute... I can't help myself but the brighter one reminds me of the g-man from sandspringchesapeakes LOL

  3. praying real bear food will come quickly.. I love blackie in the tree and Mohawk is soooo beautiful marking that first tree in the video. the black cub looks a lot like our Big Boy... we are trying to figure a way to get Big in the pool. he hates water, but we think if he got in he might like it... bob can't carry him in like he did the other dogs.

  4. The cubs are so curious and so cute and so much fun to watch! I hope nature provides them with bear food SOON.

  5. That black cub is quite a climber. We're glad your camera survived the up close encounter with Brownie.

  6. So precious they are and I too hope they can find enough bear food.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  7. How fabulous!!! I haven't seen a bear around here since about 2013. I think they all took off for higher altitudes during the drought. Together with many other animals that I don't see now. Which is why it's such a delight to watch your wildlife photos and videos.

  8. Climbing trees, that blackie was just scanning the area from a higher view point!!! What fun together and amazing to see the whole family there.

  9. So cute and love that they are different colors. Hopefully they will all survive.

  10. appears one of the cubs is lighter that mom and sibling
    Hugs Cecilia

  11. Hope there is enough bear food. Nothing good can come from going near houses! It's so lovely to have a peek into their world.

  12. I agree with the last comment, hopefully there is enough bear food as getting close to humans is not a good thing.

  13. So enjoyable!!! Brownie still sticks closer to Mom but seems to have grown in confidence since the last time we saw her/him(?). And Blackie - he/she is quite the adventuresome one!!!

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  14. They really are amazing and gorgeous ones!

  15. I hope that precious bear family finds bear food soon.
    The cubs are so cute

  16. Are there blueberries or huckleberries ripening? Yum (says every bear)

    1. We don't have many of those around here (at our elevation). The loss of the Buffalo berry crop always means tough times for bears during this transitional phase. Ant pupae will be next... and then lots of berries start ripening.

  17. We do hope they find food so they will stay away from the humans
    Mabel & Hilda

  18. While I love seeing both cubs, little 'blondie' is beyond adorable. Yes, I hope this trio don't get into trouble raiding human spaces.

  19. I so hope Mother Nature will provide what they need soon - very soon!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets


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