Tasha the Houdini - UPDATE November 23, 2020

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As Pond Chat viewers watched, Tasha simply disappeared. What was she doing? Then the answer came. Nothing nefarious. With the temperature at 19°F, she was bringing another ball of grass to her den. She made it part of her bed and snuggled in.

A couple days ago, Tasha did something I haven’t seen a bear do before and Pooch Pal caught it on a 5-minute video. Tasha investigated an area that was partially covered by snow. She found tufts of grass, bit them off, piled them together on the now frozen stream, and then carried the ball back to her den. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sq6CPPSXrU

Regarding Lily and the den cam, with no word yet from the DNR, the landowners are fully behind this opportunity for research and education. They saw the good that came out of the earlier den cams for bears and people are excited to be a part of that. They have read the paper that grew out of it and are aware of what can be learned. As we cross our fingers, we are optimistically getting ready to turn this opportunity into reality. Many of you have helped in that by raising the money for the camera.

Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute

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