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Here are a pair of black bear cubs of the year, taken early spring a couple of years ago. The cubs were hesitant at first to come out on to the shoreline - this could well have been their first day down on the shore. With a little coaching from mom they soon ventured out and as their confidence gained they began to explore amongst the rocks and bushes of the BC coast and I was fortunate to spend a little time watching them.
A little grizzly bear cub of the year looks marooned or a little unsure to continue as she/he waits for the ok from mum to continue across the river. Along with it’s sibling and mom this family of bears had a free reign on the river for a good while as the first salmon of the season started to arrive at that particular stretch of river.
This little black cub was spotted with his mom looking for food along a busy stretch of river back in the fall. This river was also used by other black bears including other moms & cubs and males, grizzly bears and wolves. With such a high population of wildlife around the moms with cubs had to be constantly on alert and on one such occasion, very early one morning, this cubs mom came wandering out of the bush only to find a male grizzly bear already having breakfast in the river. She immediately treed the cub and then followed him as far up the tree as she could. Once there, she snarled and hissed at the grizzly, who in turn just looked at who was causing the disturbance and went back to his breakfast. After a short while he wandered off in search of his next meal and paid little attention to the black bears up the tree, who in turn returned to the ground and went off in the opposite direction in search of their own breakfast. More black bears can be seen here: Black bear gallery.
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These two yearling grizzly bear cubs photographed on the BC coast last fall seem to be telling me with just a stare to stay where I am, whilst the second cub is calling for their mom! They had nothing to fear though I was quite a distance away and it only ‘appears’ that they are looking straight at me. In the meantime, mom was down in the river chasing salmon for supper. Hopefully, now on their own, these young bears will be just returning to this river; to catch salmon once again and fill up ready for winter.
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Another shot from my recent trip to the Khutzeymateen Bear Sanctuary here on the BC coast. I saw this yearling grizzly bear cub with it’s sibling and mother on a number of occasions throughout my short visit, but the last time I saw the cubs, their mother was taking them in to the bush for safety at the approach of a large male bear that was stomping around and heading in their general direction. Although I didn’t see them again, I did hear later they were ok after the visit of the male bear to their patch of the estuary.
With Mother’s Day coming up fast, I thought I’d show you this picture which seems to suit this special day so well. This was a mother black bear with one of her two cubs taken in the spring of last year. The cub, along with its sibling would have been born around January time in mum’s hibernation den. I found them walking along the shore of a BC coastal inlet, quite relaxed and searching for mussels and rock crabs amongst the intertidal zone.
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With the arrival of spring, bears and wildlife in general along the BC coast will be waking from their winter slumbers. Hopefully many of the bears I got to know last year, whilst spending so much time on the coast,will have made it safely through the winter and maybe some will be emerging with new cubs, born way back in January! This mom, photographed here enjoying an afternoon siesta with her two 18 month old cubs last summer, will be rising from hibernation with them for one last time – towards the end of spring she will likely leave them to a life of fending for themselves and go in search of a new mate. Hopefully I’ll be there to see how they get on for their first few months alone… and will let you know.
Often in spring the first bears we see down on the coast are black bears, usually the adults first and then the new moms will follow along with their small charges. They will feed on the rich new grasses and sedge but also on shellfish attached to the rocks, small crabs and even seaweed.
Recognize the pose? (See Day 2)
It is now late fall and the young bear has clearly also made it to the feeding holes when mom hasn’t been there. He has grown well and as long as he can find a good spot to den for the winter he should have little problems. Back in the summer we all feared if this little guy was going to make it to the winter, I am glad to say he has and let us hope that right now he is sleeping safe and sound on a high mountainside somewhere and that we will see him again, if not this spring, then some time soon. And who knows, maybe late this spring, Mom may well return with a new cub or two…
Today is the penultimate day for our grizzly bear cub story and as fall arrives it is clear the cub has learnt well from his mum. He looks healthy and is developing into a handsome sub-adult bear. He has clearly been feeding well and now, with the arrival of the salmon, is putting on the pounds he will need to get him through his first hibernation on his own. Although mom would have taught him the best spots in which to feed, if he arrives and she is already there, she continues to chase him away.