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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

What happens at a bear-marking tree while the bears sleep?

Shortly after we found Lab Valley, I discovered a leaning aspen tree that has bear scratches and fur all over the side that faces the ground. That tells me that bears have marked it, which I am very excited about. It's close to our house so it will be fun to use a trail cam to see the bears' antics there.

Because there were so many bears around late in the summer eating the chokecherries, I put up a trail cam right away. Late summer and fall are not popular tree-marking times for bears but it seemed worth a try. It turned out that no bears marked it before going into hibernation. However, the bear scent on these trees seem to attract other wildlife so I left the camera up.

It hasn't been a hotbed of activity but a couple of fun animals have visited. First, a big buck decided to rest under the tree during hunting season. It was a good choice for him because we don't allow hunters on our land. The second animal was a bobcat, and I'll let you see him strutting around that area. 

Check out the video!


16 comments:

  1. if the bears are away, the cats will play ;O)

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  2. That sure is some popular place!

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  3. What a great spot you found for the camera. We can't wait to see all the bears that come by.

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  4. Hari OM
    That's one healthy looking bobcat - surely we will get to see lots more of it!!! YAM xx

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  5. I was looking at the aspens too. Are those claw marks on the third from the rightmost trunk?

    Ah, bobcats!

    Chris from Boise

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    1. There are a lot of trees nearby with bear scratch marks. I think that the 3rd from the right has elk teeth marks instead of bear claw marks. I will check for sure the next time that I am there!

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  6. You live in such an amazing place. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Have a fabulous day. Scritches to the pups. ♥

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  7. That first bobcat sure did have a lusciously thick coat.

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  8. The bobcat almost needs snowshoes, did I hear a tiny meow just before he/she walked away for the first time? What amazing videos, you share your part of the world in a wonderful way, and the temperatures vary from mild to downright freezing. A fabulous place for your trailcam.

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  9. that bobcat looks like a really large house cat, love the way he is stalking and his paws fall through the snow... he is amazing

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  10. The buck is most handsome and what a set of antlers.
    I love the Bobcat waddle from behind all that lush fur too
    Hugs cecilia

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  11. I agree the buck is a magnificent creature, but I love the bobcat. I know it's a wild animal but it's cute. :)

    Take care, stay well.

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  12. I misread your post and thought it said a big duck sat under the tree. That would be one brave Donald.

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  13. That place must be on wildlife social media for everyone to find! Love watching the bobcat, fun video.

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  14. What a cool place to watch majestic and clever forest critters.

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