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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Last Bear Bath of 2019!

With it being the last day of 2019, I thought that I'd share with you the last bear bath of 2019. It's a happy way to close the decade.

It was exceptionally early this year because our intense winter weather started early. Way back on 9/19, a bear who we followed last year took a bath. And no other bears took baths in any of the water holes that I monitor for the rest of 2019.

You may remember this dapper little guy from last year. He started out all blond, and then his winter coat came in black.

Here he was about 3 weeks later. His blond section was getting smaller.

And then, at the end of September, just before he went into a den for the winter, you can see that he was almost all brown.
I never named this guy because he was clearly young so I wasn't sure if we'd see him again. But, with him back again this season, I think that he should have a name. "Mohawk" is already taken by the mother bear with two cubs from this season. Do you have other ideas? I am coming up blank.

Here is footage of him taking a bath. He's grown a lot in the past year, and he's got only a sliver of blond along his spine. I also have footage of him from other sites which shows the blond better. I'll share those in the future.


  1. Hari OM
    May all the nature around you that you have been able to share with us be blessed for the next year and may you and your 'pack' have the best yet. YAM xx

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  3. He looked like he really enjoyed his bath. Happy New Year's Eve!

  4. We're not very good with making up names for things but we hope we see more of this bear next year. Happy New Year to all of you.

  5. This popped into my mind, Bowie for David Bowie. I never was a big fan of his music but I recall he often dyed some or all of his hair blonde. He's a handsome bear though he looks small to me. Hopefully he makes it through the long winter and you'll see him again in the spring.

    All the best to you and yours in 2020!

  6. I am thinking Boone, for Daniel Boone.. it looks a lot like the fur hat Daniel wore... he is different. and the only bear I have seen with that white.. I hope he comes out fat and healthy again in 2020. Happy New year to all of you

  7. I never knew they started out blond...WOW kind skunk like.
    Thank you for the video and Happy NYE

    1. Ha ha. What about Skunk as his name?!?

    2. That is what I thought of - "Skunk"! :)
      Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  8. He was a spectacular looking baby. Now just a handsome bear. Great to see him relaxed in the pond.

  9. Coolest bear fur ever! Bummer Mohawk is already taken as it would be ideal for him.

  10. They are always fun to see...from afar! Happy New Year from all of us!!!

  11. That is one bear who knows how to enjoy a bath:) We are sure you will come up with a good name for him - we hope to see more of him in 2020.

    Happy New Year!!!

  12. The best way to close out the year!! We like Skunk!!

  13. It's such a joy to watch your wildlife-thank you again for sharing this splendid life at 8000 ft. While the blondie can't have Mohawk, Skunk seems a tad pejorative. How 'bout Pepe le Pew?


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