RC, Etc. - UPDATE May 9, 2019

On what was supposed to be a day at the desk had welcome distractions. About 8 AM, RC arrived. We are trying to get ID shots of her yearlings before family break-up, which could be in a week or two. I tried, but they were just passing through.RC and yearlings at WRI<br>(see PS below)RC and yearlings

Mink StripeMink StripeAbout 7 PM, the mink named Stripe came for supper. On her second trip, I caught her eager face as she bounded up the stairs ignoring the loud camera clicks. She pretty much takes things in stride now. She has one goal—bologna.

I wondered why she didn’t come again, then saw the reason—RC and her three yearlings. Another opportunity for ID pictures that was cut short—this time by a 3 or 4-year-old male that made her lead the yearlings to the safety of a grove of white pines where they disappeared up into the tippy tops, leaving RC guarding the base.

Just now at 8:50 PM, 20-year-old RC was back and had enough of the young upstart. He was eating where she wanted to eat and she went after him fast. He tore off and escaped. On her way back to her yearlings, she calmly walked past me like nothing had happened. It is intriguing to see the mind of the bear as expressed by their actions. That’s what people come here to see. Now all is calm. The young male knows his place, and RC and the yearlings are calmly eating just outside the window. But their backs are to me and I’m not getting the ID shots we need to keep track of them as clan bears as they mature.

RC guarding White Pine baseRC guarding white pine base RC and yearlings in the white pine groveRC and yearlings in the white pine grove 3-4 yr old male3-4 yr old male

Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center