Two Taken and NABC News - UPDATE September 2, 2019

After writing "All is Well" last evening, I discovered on the way home that a yearling was taken. I found the gut pile this morning and saw that it was a male.

This evening, another bear was taken, but I haven’t received any details yet.PollenatorPollenator

The kill last night was 0.4 mile away. The one tonight is 0.8 mile.

Several mothers with cubs safely spent their time here. Hunting hours are over for today.

Hoping for the best.

On a lighter note, yesterday Sharon Herrell, North American Bear Center's Sr. Bearkeeper wrote an update:

Bear News – September 1, 2019

It’s a fact that Ely weather has gone from extreme hot (for this area) to cooler days and some frost at night. Along with that Lucky and Tasha are telling me with their desire to have more bedding for their chosen dens.

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On Friday afternoon Lucky received a partial bale of straw. After standing over it; perhaps trying to decided which bunker would fit his winter needs, he swept it into the large bunker. Lucky uses his strong arms and paws to sweep it into a pile and then move it into the den.

Tasha is also busy preparing a den. I'm not confident which one she has chosen to den in this year but, however, we’ve seen that she had branches in her den from last year. I don't want to disturb her, so we have to see which one is truly taken.

Scott and Spencer along with interns put up the new trough feeder. The design is good but the height was bad. It will have to be dropped at least 6 inches for the bears to enjoy, especially the girls. Lucky shows us just how low it has to go to be effective.

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Holly loves showing visitors just how easy it is to get bird feeders. She is very agile and easily eats all the nuts. Her claws dug into the cedar holds her in place.

Around the enclosure I found many bumblebees at work. Bumblebees are great pollinators. I'm taking a stab at identifying the one in the photo but I may be wrong. The Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis) is collecting pollen on the golden rods (Solidago canadensis) inside the enclosure but behind the e-fence.

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The bear enclosures have become a haven for the chipmunks; they share in what the bears eat. They are especially fond of helping themselves to the buckets. Tasha often watches while enjoying her small tub of water.

Ted bear is still enjoying the mound area and eating the small bits of new grass that pop up. He's such a photogenic bear. He has begun shedding his coat and his new coat is quickly replacing the shed fur.

Sharon Herrell, Sr. Bearkeeper

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