Suddenly, there he was, officially ending his hibernation story, standing there at 6 years of age and weighing 248 pounds. And there was the face we have been seeing in the den. He has finally left his denning area and come home, so to speak. Another chapter into the records. It felt good to see him calm and confortable but at times wary of sounds or smells I couldn’t detect.
It’s time to thank the den watchers who have shown such dedication and to all who made the den cam possible, including the DNR.
Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center
Wildlife Research Institute
145 West Conan Street
Ely, Minnesota 55731 USA