Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Bear Wallow - 2019

A camera trap that takes videos went back to the bear wallow last April and stayed in place until mid-October when the prospect of it being found by a hunter prompted me to remove it. This seasonal pool has been a good location to obtain interesting videos as anyone who regularly visits In Forest and Field has seen.

Herewith is a compilation of some of the best videos from 2019 – wood duck; deer, including a piebald doe; raccoons; great blue heron; red fox; and bears, lots of bears.

The female black bear with two cubs visited on at least eight different days and they seldom left without investigating the camera.

The bears’ investigations resulted in the camera being moved which resulted in the slightly different aspect in many of the videos. Why bears so often mess with camera traps is only a guess – the odor of the human who put it in place, or the odor of plastic or paint, or the sight of something new in their world (but one of my camera traps has been on the same tree for five years and the bears still examine it), or a sound that humans can’t hear.

A camera trap will probably go back to the bear wallow next spring – stay tuned.


Barbara Rogers said...

These were great to see...from a nature lover who can no longer get out in the wilds. Thanks!

Marcia said...

Those bears are so curious. They seem to be the only animals that are attracted to your camera. The others ignore it. What fun to watch.

Chas S. Clifton said...

Great video -- I never get tired of bears.