Lily, Chloe, and a Cub - UPDATE August 20, 2019

As lunch was ending, the phone rang. Lily was sighted. Everyone jumped up. We piled in the Van but were too late. Cub of injured mom by L.P.Cub of injured mom by L.P.She and her four cubs had moved on. Then two other bears totally caught our attention. Part of the group became absorbed watching a lone female cub that is the daughter of an injured mom but spends periods alone to be joined later by the mom and two siblings. The group watched as the cub interacted with an eastern chipmunk and was on the lookout for danger, staying near a big white pine for refuge. The group quietly watched her every move and how she reacted to different sounds and scanned her surroundings—on the alert. She’d become alert and then relax—the group with her.

Meanwhile, others in the group were watching yearling Chloe, daughter of RC, resting in a comfortable-looking crook in a big white pine until she finally came down and went about her business.

Through it all, Linda Pottinger was quietly snapping pictures that told the story. At one point, a family of mallards walked up from the lake but then leaped into flight. Linda was ready with her finger on the shutter button.

Chloe by L.P.Chloe by L.P. Chloe by L.P.Chloe by L.P. Chloe by L.P.Chloe by L.P.

After a couple hours, Chloe and the cub drifted off, and the group seemed somehow relaxed and thankful for what they had seen, each one with a favorite moment. All talked about how worthwhile their quiet time was as they expanded their view of bear life a little more. Probably the most meaningful expression was from Margaret Fitzpatrick who is here for the sixth time from New Zealand and was sad that the course was nearing its end and she soon wouldn’t be seeing bears again until next year. Linda Pottinger took all the photos.

Chipmunk by L.P.Chipmunk by L.P. Cub and Chipmunk by L.P.Cub and Chipmunk by L.P. Mallards by L.P.Mallards by L.P.

A great group.

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