After Valentine did us the favor of splitting from her two male yearlings right here at the WRI on the evening of May 7, Dexter and Dustin stopped back by here on May 9 to show what they do when newly on their own. They were not traveling together. For refuge, they spent time up separate trees, but they peacefully shared food that evening. The picture of the two taken at 9:43 PM on May 9 shows timid Dustin (70.5 pounds) calmly eating while his bolder big brother (88.5 pounds) had his head up alert for danger. Newly separated yearlings are very wary and spend a lot of time up trees. Dustin was still here this evening (May 10) and is shown alert at the base of his white pine looking and listening before going up his big white pine, probably for the night.
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