Action Tomorrow, Fern Last Year - UPDATE October 12, 2017

Tomorrow morning, Friday, October 13, after breakfast, Sharon is going to open the gate between Holly and Lucky’s enclosures.Fern and cub 8/3/16Fern and cub 8/3/16

For Tasha, today, Sharon and John made more holes in Tasha’s treat log and put date paste in them. They also spread and hid food throughout her enclosure. They say she is still digging under the Cabin Den despite having an opportunity to den elsewhere.

Blue jay divingBlue jay divingOne of the local feeders sent me pictures of Fern and her cubs from last year—August 3, 2016. It is a sample of why this community loves bears. This is what neighbors visit neighbors to see, and have been doing since 1961. Instead of worrying what a mother with cubs might do, residents enjoy the families more than anything. That’s why there was such an outcry a few years back when the DNR decided to kill a mother that had hurt no one. People loved the bear, and the governor ended up saying on the radio that she would not be killed. You know the rest of that story. A problem for the DNR is that residents here grow to love the resident bears despite the warnings from the DNR about how dangerous they are. The DNR aids hunters in shooting them. This is Fern who many Den Cam watchers saw born on January 22, 2012 and saw grow larger the next winter in 2013. She is having a great time with her first litter, Clover (female), Clyde, and Cletus. The neighbor caught them splashing, nursing, and having a quiet moment.

Fern and cub 8/3/16 Fern and cub 8/3/16 Fern and cub 8/3/16
Fern and cubs in a tub 8/3/16

The pictures show what I wish all Lily Fans could see in person.

Mallard maleMallard maleOut the window, this male mallard is now getting his green head as part of his fresh fall plumage for migration. A diving blue jay showed how it doesn’t always have to flap its wings in unison as in straight flight. In dives, they can use their wings individually for high maneuverability as when eluding hawks.

Thank you for all you do.

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