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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Bears of Labrador Valley

One of the best parts of Labrador Valley for me is the bears. I have seen so many already! I think that our chokecherries brought in quite a number of hungry bears but that there are a few who call this place home for the majority of the year. 

I spotted this one while sitting on the deck. I've learned to always have a camera with a long lens next to me. She was foraging for chokecherries.

I think that she's a youngster. Her ears look big relative to his head, which usually means she's a small bear.

We do have some chokecherries left but the supplies are dwindling. After looking closely at some bushes, we think that bears eat them by grabbing a whole cone of cherries in their mouth and stripping the chokecherries off the stem. That's a fast way of eating them but it means that they eat lots of cherry pits! You should see their scat - bright red (from the cherries) and filled with pits.

The bears here seem to be curious about my trail cams. In the majority of videos, they are monkeying with the cameras, pointing them off into the bushes rather than at a trail or tree. It's gotten hilarious to me - it's as if the bears don't want video taken of themselves so they change the camera's aim!

Check out the compilation of video clips that I've gotten so far in our valley. I think that the smallish bear who you'll see in the snow is a regular here. It'll be fun to watch her grow up!


  1. oh how great that they picked your area... I look forward to beary good videos and photos

  2. i am wondering if the bears in your valley are smarter tha the others. at least we know the cams will get a lot of wildlife, as soon as they leave them alone. who know what views we will see they may be trying to show us something they want us to see...

  3. Right On - What A Magical Location - And Easy's Beary Good Comment Cracked Me Up - Needed That


  4. It seems that your cams are going to get lots and lots of activity. We love seeing the bears!

  5. It looks like your new bears are challenging you to find a better place to hide your cameras. They must be so clued in to their environment that anything new is a curiosity to them.

  6. You really did move to Labradorbear Valley!

  7. It's good you love them and share them with us. Thank you for that.

    Have a fabulous day. Scritches to the pups. ♥

  8. This is wonderful, bears and snow. This is your new place, right? Is there a house? Just being noisy.
    Thank you for videos.

    1. Hi Beth! Yes, it's our new place. There is a house... and you'll see it in some photos. The house is not ideal for us (it's broken up into too many rooms for two people and two dogs) so we have some remodeling work coming up. The land has me over the moon with happiness.

  9. GOL GOL loud the bears all all wanting to be leading men and leading ladies.
    I would spend every minute of daylight watching your beautiful vistas and visitors.
    Hugs Cecilia

  10. Not having any wild bears in the UK, it's such are treat to see the ones in your beautiful part of the world in action. Thanks!

  11. How fun to watch them get ready for a winter's sleep.

  12. We love the bears too. We are guessing it wouldn't do any good to gift them with a cherry pitter:)

  13. You have a whole new crew to get to know! They are curious...but I'm sure they'll get used to it. :)

  14. You are one of the few people I know who would say an abundance of bear was a good thing

  15. OMD, that video was FABulous! Great camera avoidance! I was taking notes. And I am soooooo jealous abouts the snow! We could really use that here right nows! Anyhu, thanks for sharing this with us, and I can't waits to see what the bears do next!
    Ruby ♥

  16. Those camera-shy bears are so clever! I guess one day soon they will get used to them and leave them alone :)

  17. Hopefully once they get used to seeing them they will stop changing the aim of the cameras,but bears are curious animals.

  18. I'm so happy for you that you have so much wildlife at your new place!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets


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