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Aster, Lily, Jewel, and Ursula – UPDATE February 16, 2014. Winter in the Northwoods Finally, word on the bears we have all spent so much time with.

Aster, Lily, Jewel, and Ursula – UPDATE February 16, 2014

Jim Stroner and Lorie Kennedy spent the day trudging to the three dens in snow that was mid-thigh depth even for 6 foot 2 inch tall Jim Stroner—and that’s wearing snowshoes. Every step is a struggle under those conditions. The winter has been too cold for the snow to form a crust, so snowshoes are at best a marginal help. Aster's denFirst stop was Aster. Spirit Bear Cub Back Scratch. Spirit Bear Cub Back Scratch. Animal Minds – UPDATE February 12, 2014. Juliet One of the most intriguing aspects of our research is getting insight into animal minds.

Animal Minds – UPDATE February 12, 2014

That’s where long-term research shines. As we follow bears and remember how they have used certain locations in the past, we marvel at their memories and knowledge of their territories. But we wonder how much of travel is planned and how much is a whim. Obviously, Lily knew what she was doing when she decided to re-use the deep rock den this fall and led her cubs directly to it. Obviously, Aster knew what she was doing when she realized she couldn’t dig a new den with the wounded leg and went directly to her den of last year. Juliet and cubWe are always interested in the intelligence of other wildlife.

Family Photo: Mother Bear with Five Cubs - Myke's Weblog. Busy Mother!

Family Photo: Mother Bear with Five Cubs - Myke's Weblog

Tom Sears says: Black bears typically have two cubs; rarely, one or three. In 2007, in northern New Hampshire , a black bear sow gave birth to five healthy young. There were two or three reports of sows with as many as 4 cubs, but five was, and is, very extraordinary. I learned of them shortly after they emerged from their den and set myself a goal of photographing all five cubs with their mom - no matter how much time and effort was involved.


Diversionary Feeding. Although controversial, supplemental, diversionary or intercept feeding can be successfully used to discourage problem bear behaviour, as well as to prevent bears from debarking trees (Ziegltrum 2004, 2008) or preying on livestock.

Diversionary Feeding

In Slovenia, bear damage in diversionary feeding areas was only a third that in non-feeding areas (Klenzendorf 1997). One of the biggest reasons for increased bear activity in residential areas is a seasonal shortage of natural foods in the nearby woods. Establishing select feeding sites can be effective in these situations, but it's important to have a defined goal, a specific plan and a limited feeding program. Ben Kilham (author of Among the Bears) suggests using the same food the bears are feeding on in someone's backyard, only delivered to them deep in the woods in good cover. Den Cam Progress – UPDATE January 14, 2014. Major progress was made today on a technical issue with the den cams.

Den Cam Progress – UPDATE January 14, 2014

Both Holly’s cam and Juliet’s cam have been intermittent—severely testing the patience of viewers and Den Watchers. Today, the Technical Team came up with a solution that seems to be working. Fingers are crossed, but both video feeds look great so far. With Juliet due to give birth within a week, we are grateful for dedicated technicians. Juliet has been mostly sleeping soundly for the past couple days.

What is a Bear Moon? HOPE - Her story - April 19, 2013 - Lily the Black Bear with Ellie and Eli - Beary-Go-Round. Information From Near and Far – UPDATE January 27, 2014. Juliet backing out of bed - Jan 23 When we heard Lily, Jewel, and now Juliet licking the remainder of the amniotic sac from each newborn cub, we couldn’t see what was happening.

Information From Near and Far – UPDATE January 27, 2014

A BBC video clip on YouTube shows a captive polar bear doing exactly that Nice to see. Another thing we have wondered about is what is happening when the Den Cam bears back out of their beds and appear to be eliminating wastes. We know the usual statement that bears don’t urinate or defecate for months at a time. We have all seen the bears back into what appear to be latrine areas and eliminate, though. Lake Tahoe bears hibernate under houses during winter. You might call it a reverse Goldilocks story, but this is not a fairy tale.

Lake Tahoe bears hibernate under houses during winter

Every year bears hibernate under houses all around Lake Tahoe. The bears actually pose very little threat, if they are handled correctly, according to Ann Bryant, executive director of the Bear League. Bryant guesses there are "upwards of 100 bears every winter under homes and cabins in Tahoe. " The Bear League is a non-profit group that helps bears and people learn to co-exist. The more we encroach on bear territory, the more Bryant believes we have to learn how to share habitat.

Dancing Bear - Bears. Dancing Bear - Bears. Bear watching more profitable than bear hunting, says study - British Columbia. There is more money in looking at bears than there is in shooting them — 12 times more to be exact, according to a new study.

Bear watching more profitable than bear hunting, says study - British Columbia

The study conducted by the Centre for Responsible Tourism, a research institute at Stanford University in Washington, D.C., and funded by the conservation organization Tides Canada, concluded that bear-related ecotourism is exponentially more profitable than trophy hunting. "We found that the bear viewing is generating 12 times more in visitor spending than is bear hunting, and over 11 times more in direct revenue for the B.C. province," said lead researcher Martha Honey. Ecotourism, including bear viewing, has grown rapidly over the past decade on B.C.'s Central Coast, said Honey. People from around the world come to the Great Bear Rainforest in the hopes of seeing black, grizzly and kermode bears in their natural habitat.

The report concluded trophy hunting, on the other hand, is on the decline, said Honey. Sue Mansfield's Bear Observations. HOPE - Her story - A Lucy afternoon... The Fall of June. Cub Vocalizations - Mother Responses.

HOPE 2010 ~ sur Twitter : "So happy to have Chunk back on the #bearcam! Who will return today? Cub Identification - Cub_Identification.pdf. Bear Talk with Mike of the Bear With Us Sanctuary. North American Bear Center - Our Bears and their Habitat. View of the pond and edge of the forest, 9/13 Ted, Honey, Lucky and Holly live in 2.5 acres of natural forest that includes man-made dens and a pond.

North American Bear Center - Our Bears and their Habitat

Lucky carrying a watermelon to his secret stash up in the woods! They roam the forest and play in the cool pond. Honey likes to sleep in shaded daybeds in the forest. Lucky hides toys and food in secret caches on the forest floor. Visitors and Pond Chatters watch the bears forage for wild hazelnuts, berries, and greens, and for foods the caretakers scatter and hide around the pond at the forest edge. Holly’s Debut – UPDATE May 30, 2014.

Holly hesitates When the door between Holly’s pen and the big enclosure opened, Holly hesitated for several minutes.

Holly’s Debut – UPDATE May 30, 2014

Then at 9:55 AM, she stepped out. Heidi and Sharon offered her treats and a bottle of formula to lead her down to the viewing area where some people were waiting on the balcony and others were watching remotely via the Pond Cam. But Holly had a lot to do before thinking about food. She must have sniffed every branch, tree trunk, and spot that Ted, Lucky, or Honey might have touched. Black Bear Family Tours Anchorage, Alaska. Difficult Decision – UPDATE June 29, 2014.

Aster We have removed radio-collars from the research bears. Mike, Lynn, Lorie, Suephoto by Jim StronerThis was not a decision we came to easily. The DNR restrictions during the last two years—coupled with the loss of key research bears—have severely limited our ability to collect scientific data. The restrictions came when a combination of new technology and long data histories on key bears were providing data never before possible.

Through den cams, GPS technology, videos, and daily updates, we enabled the public and professionals to learn along with us. There was much more to learn. North American Bear Center - Ted's Chalet Cam - Live. He's Just One of the Bears. Lynn Rogers, says a colleague, sees the forest through black bear-colored glasses 04-01-1992 // Adele Conover To a wild black bear like Terri, waking up next to U.S. Forest Service biologist Lynn Rogers in the vastness of the Great North Woods is no big deal. Maybe Terri sees Lynn as just another bear--albeit, furless and a little slow on the uptake. Four Good Things in a Row - UPDATE November 11, 2014.

Faith - 08/09/11It started last night with the latest bear visit we’ve ever had here. I could see out the window that it was an adolescent male, probably 2 or 3 years old—probably the same bear that visited another feeding station the night before. That landowner said the bear was very skittish and fled just from seeing a person moving in the window.

I know some bears are extra skittish as they get close to hibernation, and this one may have already been in a den and got scared out. He hadn’t seen me in the window because his head was behind a tree, probably concentrating on noises from the 5 deer 30-40 yards away. I quietly went out the door to see how he’d react to me as a start toward identifying him. Flashback to June, Lily, and Bud - UPDATE December 7, 2014. Cute little Bud - May 8, 2007We have seen little evidence that mothers teach their cubs what to eat. We have seen cubs smell their mothers’ mouths. We’ve seen them do mutual tongue-licking. And we’ve seen mothers lead their cubs to feeding areas. But mostly, the cubs forage independently—often on foods different from what the mother is eating. Alaskan black bear has fantastic time playing with swing set in back garden.

Anchorage resident Melissa Wagner was delighted to see the playful bearFurry fish-hunter can't keep his paws off the playthingsEnjoys his downtime thoroughly but ambles after a few minutes By Anucyia Victor for MailOnline Published: 09:44 GMT, 12 September 2014 | Updated: 12:00 GMT, 12 September 2014 Gazing out into her back garden, Melissa Wagner from Alaska is shocked to see this rather strange sight. Falling about on her lawn is what seems to be an enormous black bear.

But the wild creature isn't acting in a threatening manner.


POLAR BEARS. Life on Earth on Twitter: "Black Bear Cub tree climbing by Cheryl Ertelt... High Grading - Bears. CamopEle on Twitter: "Beautiful Brown bears of Katmai, AK @KatmaiNPS @exploreorg... What goes on when you are not there! Five new grizzlies identified during collaring project in national parks.

As a project to reduce bear deaths on the railway track enters its final year, nine more grizzlies in Banff and Yoho national parks have been fitted with GPS collars. It means 12 grizzly bears are currently collared as part of a five-year joint action plan between Parks Canada and Canadian Pacific Railway. “Some are recaptures from previous years that didn’t have collars and five are brand-new animals,” said Steve Michel, a human-wildlife conflict specialist with Banff National Park who led one of the collaring teams.

BBC Earth sur Twitter : "Bears are more at risk from humans than the other way around. Spirit Bear Family - The Nature of Things. Holly Loves to Play - UPDATE April 26, 2015. Holly and Lucky playThe picture says it all. Holly is playing with Lucky out in the open with no tree between them and with full body contact. From their body positions, it looks like Holly was the initiator. I believe we will see a lot of play this year in the open area in front of the Pond Cam, in front of the windows, and in front of the Viewing Deck—like Lucky and Ted used to do many times every day. Un-bear-ably cute! These rescued bear cubs need your attention. While her owner gets ready to run the Boston Marathon on Monday, Alice the pug is also in training to give her puppy legs a workout.

Alice, nicknamed "Big Al,'' is getting ready to run a "puppy marathon" of .262 miles to raise money and awareness for the non-profit Pug Rescue of New England. Courtesy of Julia McGovern. Bear Chat Picture Place. Bear Chat Picture Place. Bear Chat Picture Place. Bear Chat Picture Place. Facebook. Bear Chat Picture Place. Facebook. Bears, Fun, and Nature Notes - UPDATE April 16, 2015. Holly with the red ballHolly found her big red ball and carried it to her big white pine refuge tree where she earlier stashed a food bowl. That’s her favorite area. Today, she had fun playing with Lucky going round and round the cedar tree by the viewing windows.

The "H Girls" are back! 4/7/15. A Real Danger of Bear Research - UPDATE April 6, 2015. Spirit Bear Family - The Nature of Things. In Honor of International Polar Bear Day, Spectacular Pictures of a Threatened Species. Photograph by Tom Murphy, National Geographic A polar bear watches her cubs on the Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada. The bay is famous for polar bears, but their population is in decline. According to Steven C. Amstrup, chief scientist for Polar Bears International (PBI), rising temperatures have extended the duration of summer, melting ice in the Hudson Bay and forcing polar bears to live on shore for longer stretches of time.

"They live on the sea ice, and they catch their food from the surface of the sea ice," he said. International Polar Bear Day - in pictures.