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Friday, July 9, 2021

A Bear Stomp Trail - Tiny and his co-stars of the ursine world

 Bear stomp trails are far less obvious than marking trees. About a year ago near our old place, I followed a faint animal trail that I knew that I'd checked out years before. This time, my eyes were ready to appreciate what was there. A stomp trail!

A stomp trail looks like very indistinct series of bear paw prints. There are indents in the ground where many bears have walked carefully placing their paws in the exact same spots. This one runs parallel to a creek. An acquaintance from that area recently told me that this stomp trail continues on and off for miles down a gulch. I hope to have the time to follow that gulch sometime in the future.

In the meantime, please enjoy watching the cast of ursine characters who used this stomp trail. Please watch to the end. I figured out how to simultaneously show clips of two bears walking the same section of the trail. You can see how precisely they place their paws in the same places. The one with the more awkward gait is Tiny.

Here's the video!


  1. we were surprised at 1:21 as he came so close to the cam... that was nearly nose to nose with a bear ;O)

  2. Hari OM
    Thank you - not just adorable, but informative! YAM xx

  3. Absolutely fascinating. And I'm so glad the camera survived the bear's curiosity!
    Thanks for yet another wonderful video.
    Cheers, Gail.

  4. I like the video with in the video that showed the two bears walking in the same tracks They Are So Beautiful. They're doing the same thing that dogs do when they keep peeing on top of other dogs pee my p a w Trump's your p a w and I'm glad they didn't eat the camera

  5. What a great video. We're glad your camera survived the close inspection by that one bear. It's amazing to see that they place their feet right into those paw tracks every time.

  6. That was a fun big bear stomp, they sure did following in the same footsteps!

  7. That is interesting. They don't even seem to be trying to place their feet in the same spots, it's just natural. It amazes me too that other animals use the trail. I'd think they'd be able to smell the bears.

  8. Whoa that was a real Selfie!!
    Hugs Cecilia

  9. Synchronised steps, that combined video is fascinating, and the eyeball view, he even fogged up the camera lens!!!

  10. That was just amazing that they followed in the same footsteps!

  11. Love watching that rolling gait. Had to chuckle out loud at the adjustment of the camera angle and eye close-up. Who knew there was a budding film director walking about the Colorado high country? :)


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