Hope came into this world 12 years ago today as many people around the globe watched and waited as Lily labored. The sound of Hope's tiny voice melted many hearts and formed strong bonds between those who loved her. She may be gone from this earth but those relationships remain and are woven together with the common love of bears.
Her name, voted by Lily Fans, signifies:
Hope—for bear populations everywhere
Opportunity—to learn what bears are really like
Progress—toward correcting misconceptions and changing attitudes
Education—about bear life
To this day, her legacy helps educate people on how to coexist with bears. Amazing how one single bear could have been the cause of so much good.
The 5-minute den cam video of Hope’s birth is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vckzJF-fEc.
Here are some videos that compile clips of Lily and Hope's first year in the den.
January 21-22, 2010 - Lily's Labor and Delivery of Hope Highlights
January 28 - February 25, 2010 - Lily & Hope Highlights
February 28 - March 18, 2010 - Lily & Hope Highlights
March 19 - April 1, 2010 - Lily & Hope Highlights
She will forever be remembered by all whose lives she touched.
On this sunny, cold, windy day, Pretty Girl was at her brightest and birds at rest were at their puffiest. For this human, it was a day to stay indoors and watch.
Pretty Girl remains alert, but is more her old self—calmly taking food to eat or bury. The last we saw of the bobcat and the second fox was Wednesday the 19th when Pretty Girl chased the fox away like she meant it. Pretty Girl seems to be here to stay, resting on snow mounds, repeatedly entering the carport where there is an abandoned woodchuck burrow, and burying food usually within a hundred feet of the burrow. It probably doesn’t hurt that her burrow is also only a hundred feet from her favorite place to chase red squirrels.
My current thought, always subject to change, is that she has made this her territory and is not about to tolerate another fox where she has worked so hard to stash food.
Pretty Girl frequently looks and listens from snow mounds (as pictured above), but I think she is checking for competitors as much as she is checking for danger. I believe she is making this the place she will give birth to pups like a gray fox did a few years back.
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