Grandkids’ Night at the WRI - UPDATE July 27, 2019

The family was here to wind up their camping and adventure trip. One of the bears they saw was this bear we couldn’t see well enough to identify, but it looked comfy cooling off at sunset by the beaver dam.Bear cooling offBear cooling off I took the picture from a second floor window of the WRI cabin. Most of the bears were shy at of this moment, but we’re all still here waiting for dark. Meanwhile, the gulls were intriguing catching bologna, and the red squirrels were tantalizing—almost taking food from our hands. The grandkids are 6-9 years old. It is a fun evening watching their excitement and what they notice about how the bears eat and all. They saw Spanky’s odd gait and the hard time he had ingesting food. He can’t grab food with his tongue like the other bears can. He has to take it with his lips and have much of it fall out of his mouth. Spanky was the last born of Shadow when she was 28—the oldest black bear to give birth on record.

After I finished writing this update Jack came and made memories I believe they will never forget.

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

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