Ted's Foray, Fundraiser Postponed and Wildlife - UPDATE March 16, 2020

Pooch Pal captured these ~5 minutes of Ted’s foray outside yesterday. I can’t remember seeing a bear eat balsam fir before, but Ted proved it can happen. I can only guess why he did. See what you think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x06GZRtn0QRed squirrelRed squirrel

I got a message today from Sarah Zirbes that the gathering planned for Mystic Lake Casino on May 15 has been postponed due to Coronavirus. Mystic Lake is limiting gatherings at this time. Here are Sarah’s words.

Crow  Crow“Can you mention in your update tonight that the fundraiser at Mystic Lake has been postponed? Please tell our bear friends to keep an eye on the official Event page on Facebook for any updates. I am hoping we reschedule for sometime in the Fall but we’ll have to see how the pandemic plays out and then rely on Mystic Lake for open dates. Anyone who has paid can send me a direct message on Facebook and ask for a refund or I’ll hold their money until the event is rescheduled and will apply it then. The Facebook Event Page is located at: https://www.facebook.com/events/187617132612991

We can only wait to see what happens.

Meanwhile, here at the WRI it was as if Coronavirus never happened. Crows and Red Squirrels are here eating, and the neighbor called this afternoon to say the buck that lost a fork horn still has the other one. He said that sometimes they lose both antlers at once, and sometimes it’s a few days between. There are still no cases in the north half of Minnesota.

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