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Baby bears

Posted by
Charlotte Meryman (Williamsburg, MA, United States) on 13 July 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

* 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.

Canon EOS REBEL T1i 1/60 second F/5.0 ISO 400 123 mm

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David from Detroit, United States

Great triangular composition. They look cute until you think about an angry sow pacing around between the cubs and your car! Bears have started showing up near our cabin in Northern Michigan, and I'm not as quick to take a walk in the woods anymore!

13 Jul 2010 1:15pm

@David: Yes, we do have to be extra careful not to get between mom and babies. She did growl at us before climbing up a tree herself. And as cute as they look, a friend who got to go along on a research visit to a den during the late winter and hold a baby bear during the weighing and tagging said they smell horrendous and have very sharp claws!

1/60 second
ISO 400
123 mm