No shots heard. No hunters seen around the WRI. Lily was still fine as of last evening.
My picture of a bear out on a limb missed the good action. He walked down the branch looking precarious but steady. Than he sat down where branches made a good spot to rest.
In this 1-minute video, is Lucky doing what pregnant females are doing in the wild? https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=578705506820527
Both Ursula and RC disappeared long before hunting season started. We think they headed for their denning areas. Also, Shadow, who is obviously not pregnant, disappeared in late August, which is when she denned back when she was still producing cubs.
Lily is still active, so we still have to determine when she dens, if she has not already found one. She had what looked like dirt on her nose a couple days ago.
Lucky was busy raking bedding into his usual den. Regarding males denning early, big males are among the bears most likely to den early. That’s what we think Pete left to do well before hunting season started. I hope we are right.
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