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No bears at WRI - UPDATE November 5, 2021

Red foxRed foxAfter checking the trail cameras for the last several days, we can say that the last bear left at 10:42 PM on November 2. What we see now are a yawning red fox, 3 raccoons, a dozen red squirrels, and lots of birds.

At the Bear Center, recent action included Tasha showing us how she eats an egg. She nudged it with the end of her muzzle and licked up the egg, including the shell as is shown in "Taught’s" 1½ minute video. Tasha eats an egg - 10/30/21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4kxzcG8N2A

Ted and red squirrelTed and red squirrelOther action was Ted sharing his food bowls with a red squirrel. Somehow, the squirrel got the bigger bowl but both look contented.

Today, I responded to a writer’s request for info about bears and a couple hours later saw a nice article that was interspersed with many great pictures that were fun to see at https://www.boredpanda.com/funny-bears. Lily and Faith from April 8, 2011Lily & Faith- April 8, 2011In fact one of those photos is ours! (shown below) See their photo #6 and here is the update we published that photo: https://bit.ly/2ZZnvC8

Also, a nice surprise was someone discovering a 2009 prize-winning book by best-selling author Jake McDonald titled “In Bear Country: Adventures Among North America’s Largest Predators” that showed black bears in a good light in a chapter “The Man Who Talks to Bears” (Pages 149-164) about a 67-year-old man who comes off as a bit of a character.

With bears gone from here for the year, I’m looking forward to 2022 and the Black Bear Field Study Courses that are filling up fast. Seventeen spots are open in the courses of July 4-7, July 11-14, and August 1-4. See more at https://bit.ly/3mOFDHA

Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center

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