Braveheart, TV - UPDATE May 18, 2017

Fifteen-year-old Braveheart showed up again at a community feeding station with a bonus. She actually has 3 cubs, which is more natural for her.Braveheart's cubsBraveheart's cubs This is her seventh litter. All but one have been litters of three. She had only 2 cubs in 2013. Even her first litter was three. First litters are usually one or two in Shadow’s Clan. In that clan, 18 (62%) of 29 first litters have been 2 cubs, 6 (21%) have been 1, and 5 (17%) have been 3.

Braveheart's cubBraveheart's other cubFox News Channel 9 in Minneapolis did a great job describing my research and the North American Bear Center

BEAR WEEK: North American Bear Center in Ely aims to dispel - Fox 9- Fox 9 with more to come on Friday at 9 PM and 10 PM.

Braveheart's cub waitingBraveheart's cub waitingNow that I found the link, I watched the other Bear Week programs and saw in a DNR segment that the average longevity of male black bears is only 3 years because of human factors. It’s close to the same for females. That made me proud of the longevities of females and their mates in Shadow’s clan.

Herring gullHerring gullShadow, age 30, was seen last evening. No cub was seen with her; but if she has one, she would likely leave it up a tree away from a feeding station that is visited by other bears.

Out the window, gulls visited all day on this windy day that suddenly became nearly calm about 7:45 PM.

Thank you for all you do.

Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute, North American Bear Center