Lucky, Cubs, Construction, and More - UPDATE June 19, 2019

Lucky was glad to have water to go with his cedar chips and all, but he wanted more water, and that’s what he is going to get! Gabrielle and HeinrikGabrielle and HeinrikBig time. I think they will start filling the pond that is a couple feet deeper in a couple days. They are also upgrading the nature trail and the wooden gates to the right of the building and making room for a new outdoor exhibit. Good minds and skills coming together for a better looking Bear Center. I’m looking forward to seeing the new look. Tomorrow at 11 AM bear time, Scott is giving an update on the pond and nature trail work that can be seen on bear.org.

At the WRI, more cubs are showing up. Samantha and her 4 cubs (3 males, 1 female) are regulars. Daisy and her 3 cubs (sexes unknown yet) came several times in the last couple days. Fern has her one male cub. Valentine and her two brown cubs haven’t shown up for awhile. Braveheart and her 3. Waiting to get a firsthand look at Lily and her 4 seen on a trailcam. Ursula is lactating, but I am not certain that I saw her cubs yet. The mother with 4 that I thought might be her might have been Samantha. Samantha is a sweetheart. She’s a terror to bears that come too close to her cubs but is immediately a sweetheart with people. I’m looking forward to exciting times in the Black Bear Field Courses. Two spots open yet but we are willing to accommodate a couple in either of those courses.

Painted turtlePainted turtle Garter snakeGarter snake Snapping turtleSnapping turtle

 

Construction at Bear CenterConstruction at Bear Center Daisy's cubDaisy's cub

 

When I see wonderful bears like I see here, it is maddening to hear of officials killing a similar bear in Oregon because of their old beliefs that bears that lose fear of people are more likely to attack—a misconception that has been disproven time after time in many ways. That misconception is one of the biggest problems black bears face. Bears that learn to accept and trust people like that bear did make people not only willing to coexist with black bears but be protective of them. As bears gain trust, they become much less likely to respond aggressively to people. Scientific publication after publication states that, but some officials who obviously don’t know that hold to old misconceptions and do their part to make ‘fed bears dead bears.’ I can’t wait to write my book, and I hope everyone reads it—especially officials who are too quick with their guns.

On a happier note, kids at the Bear Center will be seeing more critters with the addition of a tiny snapping turtle, a tiny painted turtle, and a garter snake Heinrik and Gabrielle were proud to present. Our hope is always to inspire interest in nature and a desire to conserve habitat.

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

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