In Their Dens and On the Hunt - UPDATE December 16, 2020

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Today, up and at ‘em, I had to see the four bears. What did it look like in Tasha’s den from ground level? It was a lot of bedding with a black spot in the middle. Lucky’s door was a half wall of bedding with a black spot beyond. Ted’s entrance was a half wall of bedding, up close my eyes and the camera could make him out, especially when he moved his nose a bit to show the “It’s me” guy that he was still a sentient being. Holly’s snowy entrance had no signs that she has been out since she was last seen on September 26, showing her Minnesota genes. Tasha put on a very educational show as she showed her ingenuity as a construction engineer gathering wild bedding from near and far. At the end, we gave in to our urge to pamper and made a quarter bale of straw available to her, which she gladly accepted. Now in mid December, I’m thinking they are down for the winter. Tasha and Holly began this year of activity on March 27 and 28.

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Out the window, I wondered why no flying squirrels were showing up in the darkness after 8 PM. Then I saw why. Ms Pine Marten was on the hunt. She didn’t care about bologna or sunflower seed hearts, she had bigger things on her mind. She was up and down trees, poised on alert, searching in the darkness for long periods, and checking all the places where the squirrels often go. Interesting to see. Pine MartenPine MartenSuccess is difficult, but I have twice seen her with a red squirrel or flying squirrel in her jaws. I love all of these animals and wish them long lives, but sometimes it is intriguing to see their wild instincts at work. My bologna was not enough to stop Ms. Marten from her wild desires. Now, an hour later, still no flying squirrels. The word must be out.

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

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