Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bear-ly More Than A Fortnight

Fortnight -- noun \ˈfȯrt-ˌnīt\ : a period of 14 days : two weeks 

In a bit more than two weeks – 16 days to be exact – three of my camera traps captured photos of black bears on eight different days. This summer the cameras have gotten pictures of opossums, gray squirrels, porcupines, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, wild turkeys and white-tailed deer but black bear has been the predominant species in the photographs a sampling:
Day 1
Day 3

Day 4

The next week ushered in the hottest week of the summer, with temperatures approaching 90° and humidity to match. Activity was seemingly focused at the vernal pool, with the bears coming to wallow in the relatively cool water.

Day 10
Day 11

Day 11
Day 11

Day 13

Day 14

Day 16
Day 16

Wildlife always raises questions. Where were the bears during those six days? How far do they travel to wallow in the pool? How many different bears visit the pool and what are their interactions? There's a not too distant stream that is cooler than the stagnant pool, do they also soak there?

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