Lily or Ellie? - UPDATE June 6, 2019

Four cubs - whose are they?Four Cubs - whose are they?Four Cubs - whose are they?

Caught on a trail cam video, it is either Lily or Ellie with 4 cute cubs. Were waiting for an up close sighting to see the white spot on Lily’s chest to be sure. It is mind-bending to think of Lily who began with one dear cub Hope in 2010; Faith and Jason in 2011; Mother of four cubsLight-faced motherEli and Ellie in 2013; Frannie, Frankie, and Francis in 2015; Kim, Garber, and Dave in 2017, and now possibly 4 in 2019. (1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4). I would love to have a collar on her. I’ve never watched a bear with four cubs close up. At 12 years of age, Lily is in her prime breeding years. Ellie is only 6. We’re leaning toward it being Lily but will wait for a better view to be sure.

Other bears that had 4 were Donna at 13 and 15; Ursula at 9, and Samantha at 9 and 11.

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