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Native Californian, biologist, wildlife conservation consultant, retired Smithsonian scientist, father of two daughters, grandfather of four. INTJ. Believes nature is infinitely more interesting than shopping malls. Born 100 years too late.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Big bear sniffs, Little bear rubs

With all the warm dry weather the bears have been more active than in past years.

It's much easier for codgers to get around in the woods in beautiful dry weather, but it's ominous when the insects are prematurely abundant and trees are blossoming early.

I dread thinking about wildfire this year.

But life goes on in the barranca.


Woody Meristem said...

Too bad you didn't get good video of the ringtail, but the bear's behavior was well worth getting. Interesting that the one bear spent so much time at the scent and the other apparently ignored it. As with so many things, there's a lot of individual variation.

Camera Trap Codger said...

I've been searching for ringtail dens, but it's a long shot to find one. May try to train the dog to recognize ringtail scat, because they make latrines near their dens.

owlman said...

Enjoyed this video and the behavior of the Bear cubs.
Is this near your home?

randomtruth said...

Stop the presses! You've discovered a new species Codge - the monkeybear. Better call in the bigfoot experts.

Camera Trap Codger said...

No doubt about that. The bear was a monkey, and smart enough NOT to rub both ends on the same stick.

John W. Wall said...

Interesting that the direction of travel was always the same, both for the ringtail at the watering hole and the other animals on the trail.

Camera Trap Codger said...

Correct. Most of the travel is away from the stream and uphill, but not always. There's a very steep trail across the stream in the opposite direction, but I don;t have a camera there.