Relaxing More - UPDATE September 24, 2019

As we get further into the bear hunting season, we get closer to the latest killing we have seen—June on September 27 of 2013—and hope we don’t set a new record. RCRCA resident at another feeding station sent this picture of RC relaxing as hibernation approaches. She looks well fattened with a thick coat and will likely call it a year soon. In January, she will turn 21 and produce her tenth litter. Pregnant mothers typically den in September.

Moose pairMoose pairThe day started with a now rare sighting of two moose walking down Trygg Road. I followed slowly, staying far behind as there was still a half mile to go to the WRI driveway. I called the WRI cabin and asked Peggy to grab a camera and go quickly out to the road. The moose walked slowly at times with one getting ahead of the other and the straggler then running to catch up. The moose approached the driveway and went on alert. They turned and came back toward me and into the woods. Peggy was in time to get a picture of them heading back toward me silhouetted against sunlit trees in the distance.

Mallard maleMallard maleA flock of over 40 mallards walk up from the lake and then scare bears as they all take off at once. Among them was this male—the only one that has advanced this far in moulting into the green-headed feathers it will carry over winter and spring.

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