Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Black Bears

There were no warning signs for these critters who were spotted on the highway through Manning Park.

Mama black bear and two year-old cubs were just trying to get up the hill.  Of course, they were a major photo op for us motorists. The park was kind of bleak-looking due to our late (very!)spring.  

We later saw two isolated males - both quite black - taking their chances on crossing the busy highway.

I wondered what they could be finding to eat?  There was still snow on the ground as we drove through and none of the berries were even blossoming.  Even the salmonberries which are the earliest fruit in the forest had hardly any green on them.  There wasn't much new greenery at all on any of the trees and shrubs.   It would have been a very long trek for them to forage lower where it spring had come a bit earlier.

Since the bears appeared to be fairly healthy, I decided that they must be able to find enough.  The berries are coming.


EmptyNester said...

I was impressed by the bear pictures until I read that there was STILL snow on the ground?! Someone needs to inform Mother Nature that it's JUNE! LOL

Ginny said...

I'm glad you stayed in the car!!!! What a find, a whole family!!! The bears here come into people's garages and kitchens, but I have never gotten a picture of one yet.

Angie said...

They sure look OK, hope they don't get run over.

Robin said...

Whoa! I've never seen a bear in the wild, that must really have been something (and a bit scary too, no?)!

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Rudee said...

What a treat to see along your path--even better to see it from the safety of your car.

Cindy of PEI said...

Too much bear for me especially if they woke up early and didn't have anything to eat. Wonderful photo of them


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