Oliana, White Pines, Red Pines - UPDATE August 28, 2019

Here is a nice picture of Oliana and her four male cubs that shows sweet Oliana and 4 male cubsOliana and 4 male cubsOliana peacefully chewing. Even though she has been absent so many of her 8 years, when she shows up, she is the same calm, sweet bear as ever.

Today, Ursula was resting in a big white pine, nursing a cub on a big branch near the top of the tree. At the same time Wild Mom, now named Emelia (not a member of Shadow’s clan), and her 3 cubs were up a red pine.

The pictures show the big difference between white pines and red pines as refuge trees. White pines provides much more shade and have big branches for resting, playing, and nursing. Red pines have slender branches that have to be less comfortable, and they have much more open canopies that can subject bears to possible heat stress. No wonder the bears favor white pines as refuge trees.

Ursula and cubUrsula and cub
in White Pine
Wild Mom and 3 cubs in Red PineWild Mom and 3 cubs
in Red Pine


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