One mother after another is showing up with cubs. Lucy with two, Chloe with two, Daisy with three, Pixie with two, and a mother we have yet to identify with two. What is unusual—all nine cubs with identified mothers are males. The usual sex ratio is about 50-50. We and the group are working to identify the mothers, determine the sexes of the cubs, and record the chest blazes and other markings by which we can identify the cubs as they grow to maturity. A good group.
On this 70-degree day, we took a little pontoon ride and saw the first loons I’ve seen or heard this year—a pair with a baby and a pair alone. Mallards and common mergansers were also about. My favorite sight was this mother mallard with at least six ducklings resting on a beaver lodge.
Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center
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Wildlife Research Institute
145 West Conan Street
Ely, Minnesota 55731 USA