By Mike Fitz Through the Bearcam Question form Susan asks, “Have you seen bears ‘emancipate’ their cubs? How do they do it? Drive them away?” I’ve witnessed a bear become emancipated from its mother just once, and at the time I didn’t realize what was happening. In late June 2014, bear 402 had a single
By Mike Fitz From 2011 to 2016, bear 856 was one of the most dominant animals at Brooks River. Through his large size and, especially, his assertive disposition, he could go where he wanted and fish when he wanted to. Last July, however, 856 did not maintain his rank at the top of the bear
By Mike Fitz Two of bearcam’s most recognizable bears are also the oldest known bears at Brooks River. Bears 410 and 480 Otis, have survived the last several years in the face of competition from younger, larger, and stronger bears. How will their experience help them meet the challenges of making a living this summer?
My favorite memory would have to be the little lip fisher subadult. We first noticed her at the end of August and she climbed up on the lip and approached the edge but backed off and sat down. She sat there for a few minutes then got back up and approached the edge again, she
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