Much Has Happened - UPDATE August 1, 2019

It’s been a wonderful roller coaster ever since the first field course, through the LilyPad Picnic, and now two more courses and lots of bears—each one so different, and watched people intrigue as they learn and the bears steal their hearts.Herbie and WolfHerbie and Wolf

Several bears are emerging as favorites. Shadow, the graying 32-year-old matriarch, showed us she still has her canine teeth in this picture. What intrigues participants about her is her wariness that has helped her survive to become the second oldest black bear on record despite heavy hunting pressure in this area. This fed bear is not a dead bear.

Ursula's cubUrsula's cubAnother is ultra-trusting One-eyed Jack, in his twenties when the average age of males in the hunting kill is 2 (age 3 for females).

Another is sweet Lucy who easily steals hearts. She should have a litter this January and be back with cubs in 2020.

But it is hard to beat 14-year-old Ursula with her four cubs (3 females and an unknown)

But just now, 10-year-old sweet Samantha showed up with her four cubs (3 males and a female).

ShadowShadowIt is interesting how trusting some of the chipmunks are with some of the bears. The chipmunks like the same foods. Our favorite picture of that is a chipmunk squeezed between Jack’s paw and muzzle, both calmly eating and sharing.

Wolfman Dave Mech was at the Bear Center today and we looked at the Wolf and Bear poster that tells of our long collaboration and our continued collaboration promoting each others’ Centers. The poster says wolves and bears sometimes get along. We will soon have a picture in that poster of a wolf and bear doing that in this nature-loving community as is in this update.

Some of our failure to do updates lately was that Linda McColley has been moving and not with easy computer access. I hope she can find a way to send this one.

White Water LilyWhite Water Lily Ursula's cubUrsula's cub Eastern ChipmunkEastern Chipmunk

 

For a different kind of adventure with this last group, I drove the pontoon boat into shallow water to get a picture of a particularly pretty white water lily and got hung up on a rock and ended up sucking mud into the engine and having to get towed back to the WRI by a good Samaritan neighbor who has helped me that way before. I have now sworn that I will not venture into that shallow area again.

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

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