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Friday, June 12, 2020

Bear Mating Season: Mohawk finds another "date"

Mohawk is our main sow. Black bear sows mate with multiple males every spring. She was with Tiny a couple of weeks ago, and I've discovered that she found another very large male bear.

I've seen this guy before but I never have found one recognizable feature to help me to identify him. It turns out that he is missing his left eye (probably due to an injury). You'll see that his eye is missing in a close-up of his face in a future video where he interacts with Tiny. Due to his missing eye, I dubbed him "One-eyed Jack".

One-eyed Jack started out a recent morning soaking in the tub. He soaked and soaked for about 10 minutes.

He took short breaks from his bath to mark a nearby tree.

It seemed like a wonderful start to his day.

One-eyed Jack's day got even better. About an hour after he finished his bath, he returned to this spot with Mohawk! She led him around the forest for a couple of days, like she does all of her beaus. Mohawk is definitely the leader in these relationships.

My cams saw that they spent at least two days together. This is such a fascinating time of year for observing bears. Check out the video if you have time.


  1. oooh ... do you think Tiny will find his perfect match this summer?

  2. Hari OM
    This is amazing footage - hoorah for Mohawk!!! YAM xx

  3. We love checking in on the secret life of the bears!

  4. How great to see that Mohawk has found another mate. We love seeing them lounging in the water hole.

  5. I think he may even be more handsome than tiny even if he does only have one eye. He sure knows how to pick the handsome dude

  6. What a fabulous post. Spring/Summer there is love in the air.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. Scritches to the pups. ♥

  7. OH MY Bears!!! What an amazing post and something I would never have seen. Thank you very much
    Hugs Cecilia

  8. It really is fascinating to watch bear behavior in your videos! Well done.

  9. Go Mohawk! She sure has great taste in bears ;-).

  10. Who knew the black bear dating scene was so lively! I love the sound of One-eyed Jack sloshing around in his bath water.
    Thanks once again for the great video footage.
    Cheers, Gail.

  11. That's the best reality show going...The Real Bears of KB Country!

  12. Oh, what a handsome ManBear! He sure does knows how to live his best life, huh?! BOL!
    Mohawk, you sure do have good taste my furiend!
    Ruby ♥

  13. Wow, he's a big boy. It's amazing to think he's survived with the lack of an eye or at least I would think it would be a detriment.

    Fingers crossed, we see cubs next spring!

  14. I just love your videos.......thanks so much


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