Need a “Bear” Fix? . . .
For a bear lover, it is amazing that I have not written about bears for quite a long time. Therefore, I would like to remedy that.
Unfortunately, I have not seen any bears this season to provide you with new pictures .. but, here is one from 2 years ago that I don’t think I have posted before. That was the summer when I was entertained by numerous bear cubs at the Bear Sanctuary near Orr Minnesota. There is a great new video on the home page about the sanctuary, the life of the wild bears there and how you can watch them … lots of bear footage in their natural environment.
On the news front, the Wildlife Research Institute in Ely Minnesota is facing significant legal issues with the DNR. The DNR is trying to prevent Lynn Rogers, the Institutes head biologist from walking with the bears. They want the GPS units that monitor the bears in the study removed (so they will lose track of the bears they have been following for 4 decades) and are forbidding the Institute from putting cameras in the bear dens this winter. I find this extremely ridiculous … The bear den cams over the past 4 years has educated and entertained the world all about bears. Remember the first live birth on cam? It is amazing and I do not see how the cameras are disturbing or hurting the bears .. they don’t even know they are there. (Okay … I am taking a deep breath). If you would like to find out more about the Research Institutes battle with the DNR, start here.
Also in the news, bear hunting season started this weekend in northern Minnesota. I have written about “bear baiting” before, so I will spare you a rerun. Others are trying to help out in this area, especially in the bear study zone. (See update)
Since I have not had the pleasure of watching the bears this summer in my area, I have been enjoying the grizzly bear photos and posts by Christopher Martin Photography. The post with pictures of a mother grizzly playing with her cub on the beach is my absolute favorite … check it out (and the other grizzly bear posts he has from the last week or two), the bear photos are amazing!
I hope I have provided enough videos and links to photos to satisfy your current bear needs.
Need a wild flower fix? Check out my Fall Flowers post at Bear In Sight.