Tasha, Spanky, and the Woodchuck - UPDATE March 15, 2021

Spanky

Tasha is showing her Kentucky genes that are telling her it is time to be up and around. With the weather and snow cooperating, she is up and at ‘em as is shown in this 11:16-minute action video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di3DMwFoNYY

Spanky is showing his male tendency to be among the first of the northeastern Minnesota bears to be up, helped this year by the unusually balmy March in which April-like temperatures are melting the snow early. Woodchuck MaleHe is still sleeping a lot, undoubtedly because it is early for even a male to be up, but he takes a stroll each day while mother bears are tied down with cubs and other females are naturally sedentary yet based on what I saw in the old radio-tracking studies in northeastern Minnesota. Here is a 3:04-minute video of Spanky entertaining himself in the den today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTrId0B7AswWoodchuck male id

Out the window, the male woodchuck (the only one I’ve seen) took advantage of this sunny, 46°F degree day and was out looking for grass to eat where the grass was snow-covered just a couple days ago.He also let me get a good ID picture of his face. From the dirt on his face, I’d say he’s been digging—in his usual burrow or maybe a new one. We’ll keep an eye out.

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

2021 Bear DenClick to watch the 2021 Bear Den Cam

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