Valentine’s cubs both survived to become yearlings with prominent chest blazes similar to their mom’s. Valentine had two brown cubs as a 3-year-old in 2019 as are shown in pictures and a video in this update from May 28, 2019. https://www.bearstudy.org/website/updates/daily-updates/3907-valentine-and-her-two-brown-cubs-update-may-28-2019.html , but they disappeared shortly after that, making us wonder if Valentine did the same thing Lily did in 2010—come into heat and go off and mate. Valentine was back with two more cubs in 2020 that we have seen the last several evenings looking fit and strong. I wasn’t able get pictures of them, though. I only got these ID pictures of Valentine to be sure who she is for the record. It’s her alright RC’s daughter that was born in January 2016. As in the update of May 28, 2019, she has the rare, brownish patches on her forehead, the distinguished chest blaze, and a small white mark on her upper right chest. I didn’t get the white mark in a picture but saw it clearly. Such data helps us continue to continue, and sometimes correct, the record of Shadow’s clan that we have kept these many years. Here are the two pictures we took recently to compare with the video and pictures from May 27 and 28, 2019. The story goes on.
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