I have been hoping to see our bear family from last summer, Mohawk and her two cubs. They have not appeared yet but another little bear family did.
It was a new-to-me sow with a white "V" on her chest. She has one cub with her, and he's a rambunctious little rascal. Vee spent a lot of time checking a bear marking tree, probably in preparation for mating season.
After mom finished checking out the tree, her cub climbed it to sniff as high as his mom did.
It's that tough-love time of year when Vee will need to send her cub off on his own prior to mating season. The cub is old enough to fend for himself although it will be a tough transition for him. Vee should start "social distancing" him in the next few weeks.
When he is gone, she'll be visiting these marking trees trying to find male bears. These trees are pickup joints for bears.
Indeed, just a few days after Vee and her cub were at a tree, a male bear arrived to mark the tree. He was quite vigorous about it so I am betting that he smelled Vee.
Check out the video if you have time. If you watch closely, you'll be able to see the "V" on the mother bear's chest. I love watching bears!