One-eyed Jack is Back, Jewel has 3 Healthy Cubs - UPDATE July 29, 2018

Jewel's cubsJewel's cubsJack is back showing signs of age or injury. He doesn’t use his back left leg and hops along on the other back leg. The second claw of his left front paw is overgrown and twisted. He has white hairs scattered among the black hairs of his torso. His canine teeth are worn. Immediately recognizable from his left eye, he is also recognizable from his disposition. He is his same calm old (somewhere in his 20’s) self that many have grown to love. And he has survived over a score of hunting seasons despite the fact that the local bear-hunting guide surrounds the property with hunters each fall. We hope his leg heals.

We got a call that Jewel and her three cubs were about. We hurried there. The family thrilled the group. Jewel has become a gentle, calm mother. The cubs drew many exclamations from the group as the cubs interacted with each other, looked extra cute, and went about their lives. Eventually, Jewel gathered her cubs and headed down to the nearby lake for a drink. They made everyone’s day.

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Between bears, the gulls showed their different behaviors. Two have learned to peck on the window, fly to the feeding spot when I get up, and watch cautiously as I approach and lay a slice of bologna a couple feet from them. If I toss the bologna, these two dodge and fly off, but 4 others have learned to catch the Frisbees of bologna I sail toward them. They have become very adept. Each of these face me head on, watching with both eyes, and then agilely catching the thrown bologna.

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A family of gray foxes, two adults and a pup, were a point of interest when they appeared briefly at the forest edge.

In between the outdoor events is good discussion about bears, including presentations about the den cam bears, clan bears, bear danger, bear vocalizations, body language, etc. People who arrive with trepidation shortly thrill to experiencing bears and coming to enjoy bear country without fear.

More fun and learning tomorrow.

Thank you for all you do.

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