* For Sue, who so enjoyed watching this romp in her final days. She would have been 71 today. *
In the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, we coexist with a now thriving black bear population. They frequently den in the woods behind our house and raid the bird feeders of those who refuse to take them down (we got rid of ours several years ago). My neighbors and I spent a long time watching these three cubs, whose mother sent them scurrying up a tree for safety. The mom is collared with a radio transmitter as part of a tracking program at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. I shot this with my daughter's camera and zoom lens from the safety of a car about 30 feet away.
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