Today, as Sue stayed home to prepare for her traditional Thanksgiving Pie Breakfast, Lynn went in search of Daisy. The walk in was tough. Once he left the 4WD trail he bushwhacked through dead balsam fir trees as seen in the picture. Many balsams here have died after several years of spruce bud worm infestations. Once dead, the balsams blow down and either slowly rot or are quickly returned to the soil by forest fires.
Lynn found Daisy tucked into a nice dug den in the same area he located her signal back on Oct 6th. She has likely been denned since then. Her bright ribbons and plastic strips could be easily seen, but she didn't attempt to come out. The soil in the den area is very stony. A large rock can be seen near the entrance of Daisy's den and Lynn found a partially dug den nearby that appeared to have been abandoned when a large rock was dislodged.
We have been enjoying a respite from cold for the past week—temps have been 20 degrees above normal. We will be plunged back into more seasonable weather on Friday with snow predicted. However, this evening's sky promises us a pleasant Thanksgiving Day.
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
—Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield, Biologists, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center