Great Day With Juliet – UPDATE May 3, 2014

Juliet's cubJuliet's cub Ray  After getting stuck on a snowy road on this May 3, we made it to Juliet late this afternoon.  She recognized our voices, was calm, and let us give her a GPS unit.  We never dreamed a cub would descend from their big white pine.  In the den, Charlie and Bernard stuck together while Ray was more of a mama’s boy.  True to form, Ray was the one who came down to be with Juliet while the other 2 rested on branches less than a foot apart. 

Juliet and cubJuliet and RayWhen the GPS work was done, Juliet mostly ignored us.  She raked more bedding for the bed at the base of the white pine, repeatedly walked off and stood looking and listening in the same direction, and then returned to the tree grunting to the cubs.  When she walked off, Ray stayed near the white pine or followed Juliet.  We’d guess him at maybe 6 pounds, which is an excellent weight for a litter of 3 cubs.  Juliet lost a lot of weight overwinter to produce that much milk.  Her collar was very loose, but we hope not loose enough that she will remove it.  She’s pretty good about keeping her collars on.

Chalet for HoneyChalet for HoneyThis was a hard winter for Den-watchers with all the technical problems, but they all hung in there for the unusually long duration.  Much appreciated!

The staff and volunteers put in another good day of construction on Honey’s pen and her little chalet in the woods.  It looks beautiful.

Lucky spent hours at Holly’s pen.  He was totally fascinated with her and vice versa.  Holly kept pacing back and forth in front of Lucky.  It might be almost time for them to meet without the fence.  We’d like to give Ted a chance to meet her more through the fence first, though.

We have the weights for the 3 big bears.

April 5, 2013 544 lbs
Oct 13, 2013 696 lbs
May 1, 2014 554 lbs
Juliet alert while Ray climbsJuliet alert – Ray climbs% weight lost from Oct 13, 2013 to May 1, 2014 was 20.41%
Ted officially denned on Nov 24, 2013.
Official date Ted came out of his den was April 8, 2014.
April 1, 2013 389 lbs
Oct 8, 2013 486 lbs
May 1, 2014 399 lbs
% weight lost from Oct 8, 2013 to May 1, 2014 was 17.91%
Official den date was Dec 1, 2013
Official date Honey came out of her den was March 9, 2014
April 1, 2013 364 lbs
Sept 13, 2013 430 lbs
May 1, 2014 348 lbs
Snowshoe hare in Juliet's denSnowshoe hare in Juliet's den% weight lost from Sept 13, 2013 to May 1, 2014 was 19.07%
Official den date was Oct 24, 2013.
Official date Lucky came out of his den was April 7, 2014.  
Apx Dec 14, 2013  84 lbs according to ABR.
No weight yet for this spring.
It took Holly a while to settle down in her new home.  She arrived December 27, 2013, and finally began sleeping most of the time about January 19, 2014.  She walked more than 10 feet from her den on April 5.  Her ear tags were removed on April 10, 2014.

Holly and Lucky are getting acquainted through the fence.  We're all anxious for them to meet face-to-face!  See some of their interaction at

Snowshoe hareSnowshoe hareJuliet may have left her den, but other critters are checking it out. Today, a snowshoe hare visited!

Thank you for all you do.

—Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield, Biologists, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center

All photos taken today unless otherwise noted.

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