Ted, Lucky, Holly, Tasha - UPDATE September 11, 2017

We’re glad to see Ted coming to the fence again to meet Bear Center visitors on behind-the-scenes tours. TedTedHe enjoys doing that, so when he didn’t feel like getting up and greeting people, we worried. Veterinarians are watching over him with us. Some of us older people know that there are days we have aches and pains, and we’re glad to see Ted doing better. Tasha rewarded Ted with a reciprocal lick when Ted reached out to her with a lick through the fence. That’s how it was with Lucky, too, years ago. Ted made many advances toward him. Finally, Lucky responded with a lick back and soon they were playing without a care.

Sharon and TedSharon and TedTomorrow, the Bear Center is planning to anchor another big cedar deep in the ground in front of the Viewing Balcony. This one will bring the bears higher, to eye level or above, with branches for sitting to linger longer for pictures and close views of them in action. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do.

I like the picture of Sharon combing the old fur off Ted as he enjoyed his lunch. Ted is a sweetheart, and Sharon is such a good caregiver. We have a good team of people and bears that are getting rave reviews from visitors. Over and over, visitors post reviews about the knowledgeable, pleasant staff and the joy of seeing the bears up close. They also speak about the myriad of information that will bring them back to learn more—along with watching Ted, Lucky, Holly, and Tasha in action again.

Gray FoxGray FoxOut the window, a gray fox paused in a spot of light as the shadows lengthened.

To help the research, we could use a couple volunteers to work with Linda Gibson in downloading archived Den Cam videos and making them accessible for further analysis by us and by graduate students. More about that coming up.

Thank you for all you do.

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