Bears, Foxes, and Memories of Beloved Bears - UPDATE October 31, 2018

A couple big yearlings are still coming late at night; but earlier in the night, gray foxes hold center stage. Gray foxGray foxOne is watching me from eight feet away as I type this at 8:30 PM. Before dark, one of them walked past a deer as both watched a distant deer. With darkness, flying squirrels emerge. one dared to grab sunflower seeds only 3 feet from the fox but ran back to a tree to eat each mouthful. All three species eat sunflower seed hearts. The foxes add dates and bologna to their menu.

Fox and deerFox and deerGoing through pictures for new exhibits for the Bear Center, two pictures struck my heart. One is from April 22, 2007 of 3-month-old Lily relaxing in the arms of her mother June. The other is 3 years later almost to the day—April 24, 2010—and is a touching photo of 3-year-old Lily hugging 3-month-old Hope. You know the rest of that story. Although Lily pretty much ignores me now and just goes about her business with her cubs, the fact that she trusts me enough to do that still brings strong feelings. As it says at the end of the bio that Debra Isaacs wrote for the new exhibit, “I will speak for the bears as long as I can.”

I know that is true for many of you, too.

June Lily 2007 04 22June & Lily 4-22-07 Lily Hope 2010 04 24Lily & Hope 4-24-10

A little correction from last night about the black wolf. I can’t be sure the wolf I saw on the road and the wolf at the WRI are the same. One of the community feeders called today and said they had four wolves at their site for 3 hours a few days ago eating sunflower seeds. One was big, clearly an adult. Another was much smaller—a pup. Two black wolves like the one photographed here had little hair and looked like they were starving—like the one pictured last night. He didn’t show today even though table scraps were waiting where he fed yesterday.

Thank you for all you do.

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