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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!


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

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

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

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

    Ah, bobcats!

    Chris from Boise

    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!

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

    Have a fabulous day. Scritches to the pups. ♥

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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

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

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


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