Bear Cubs Need Love, Too   1 comment

Photo courtesy of Tina Crowse, from the Park's website.

Holly 435, with both her adopted yearling and her own cub. Photo courtesy of Tina Crowe, from the Park’s website.

When I first wrote about the Katmai National Park, some readers discovered bearcams for the first time. Katmai is well known for its bears … and you can watch them LIVE on the bearcams. Interested? Check them out, here.

In addition to the bearcams, the rangers keep up a commentary about the bears. Biologists have designated numbers, and even named some of the bears. There’s a book about the bears tracing their personalities and progress through the seasons.

Which brings us to 402’s yearling, who 402 abandoned when a male bear became amorous with her earlier this summer. Bear cubs typically stay with their mothers for 2 years, and the yearling would probably not survive the winter after 402 abandoned it.

Good news: the yearling found a foster family. This very unusual (but not unprecedented) arrangement is explained here. Enjoy this up close and personal look at one of nature’s wonders!


Katmai National Park & Preserve

National Park Service: Katmai National Park & Preserve

National Parks Traveler: The Bears of Katmai

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