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Tag Archives: black bear
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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.
This female black bear (Ursus americanus) was fighting against a rising tide as she searched amongst the seaweed along a BC coastal shoreline in search of shellfish and crustaceans as a tasty snack in between meals. A little further up the rocks, in better cover from the trees, she also had a young cub of the year with her.
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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Here’s another black bear shot from this summer. This mom and her cub were out looking for berries amongst the bushes along the river. It was amazing to watch, sometimes you’d just see the tops of the bushes sway from side to side, but you couldn’t see the bears beneath the broad leaves and if you weren’t watching or didn’t see the bushes move, you often wouldn’t even know the bears were there. On at least two occasions I turned around to just catch the tail end of a bear as it disappeared back in to the river or deeper in to the bush and I hadn’t heard a thing. More black bears can be seen in the black bear gallery.
I spied this black bear looking out through the bush to see if it was safe to come on to the river and fish for salmon. When I looked at the shot afterwards his eyes seemed so sad and concerned, yet looked as if they could tell a thousand stories too. The photograph was taken in the Great Bear Rainforest on the BC coast in the middle of September. Salmon were running on the river, but the water was low so there were not as many as I had seen in previous years at this time. More black bears will be added to the ‘black bear‘ gallery over the next few weeks. Oh… and yes, he did get some salmon!
So, I was walking back early one morning to my campsite when a black bear came wandering out of the site next to mine, ‘hey bear’ calls I and he stops dead in his tracks, turns and looks at me with the look of a little boy caught stealing cookies on his face, then he quickly heads off through the bush. I met this little bear a few times during my short stay at this particular campsite recently and each time he would look startled almost as if asking ‘what are you doing in my campsite?’ He was quite a character and one of a number I have come across so far during the first half of my current field trip, including wolves, grizzly bears, beaver & eagles. Tomorrow I head out back along the BC coast in search of spirit bears and humpback whales (not together!) and hope to be able to report further success upon my return towards the end of the month.
In the meantime, some black bear images can be seen here: black bears and more will be added upon my return.
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A black bear (Ursus americanus) of the BC coast looks up from his foraging along the shore to check us out before continuing on his way in search of food. Until the salmon start to run on the coast black bears will often search along the shore in between tides looking for rock crabs, barnacles and muscles etc. to eat and with this they will add roots, sedges, grasses, insects, carrion, small mammals and berries plus one of their favourite’s the wild pacific crab apple. Once the salmon run commences they will often be found on estuaries and in river systems chasing this much needed protein to fill their need of 20,000 calories per day, before winter sets in.
Last week’s warm Easter weekend sun had many out in their gardens and we were no exception. The sun also brought a dormant wood ant colony back to life on the edge of our property and gave me the perfect opportunity for some macro photography. Every spring the ants gather and set about rebuilding their ant ‘apartment’ block and on several occasions I’ve then witnessed a black bear come along and devastate these mounds in next to no time. The bears are able to use their acute sense of smell to lock on to pheromones released by the ants as they communicate. The ants and especially the larvae or ‘brood’ are extremely nutritious and full of protein for hungry bears fresh out of hibernation, but they have to endure a lot from the nipping ants for just a few grams of fat.
Sadly here in BC yesterday we once again saw the start of the trophy hunting season. Figures released on Friday show that in 2011, grizzly bear deaths alone, (those reported anyway) rose by 21% on 2010. Of the 383 bears killed, 334 (a little over 87%) were at the hands of trophy hunters. Grizzly bears aren’t the only bears hunted for trophies, black bears don’t get off lightly either. More on this can be seen here: www.vancouversun.com/news/Grizzly+deaths+increase/6390972/story.html
This photo shows a female grizzly bear and if you look closely I’m pretty sure you can tell she’s a female, but she is not safe from the hunters gun either. Although they ‘request’ hunters not to, the BC Government allows hunters to kill females also. So even new born cubs indirectly, can and will end up dead because of the actions of some trophy hunters, resident and non-resident of BC.
It’s time trophy hunting was stopped. Please sign the following on-line petition at: www.gopetition.com/petitions/trophyhunt.html And/or email the BC Premier and let her know it’s the 21st century and time trophy hunting ended: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your support we must end this sooner rather than later.
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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