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It’s Not Easy Being a Mama Bear

By Barbara Walvoord

In an earlier column about bears coming out of hibernation, I asked whether anyone had seen bears yet this spring on Lathrop land.

Well, sure enough, Carol Neubert sent me photos taken about April 6. She writes:

At about 9:00 in the morning Mama Bear and her two cubs appeared in our backyard. Mama went over to the tree line, lazily reclined on her back, and the two cubs proceeded to nurse. Two of our grandchildren (ages 6 and 3) were visiting and, needless-to-say, the bear visit was the highpoint of their stay.

If you think that this picture of the nursing mom looks like a huge blob of cubs pouncing on her–well, that’s how she might feel.

Photo by Carol Neubert, April, 2015
Photo by Carol Neubert, April, 2015

She’s been nursing them since January, in her den. Their birth weight was under one pound–the smallest birth weight in relation to the mother of any placental mammal.  As they have grown big and strong, she  may have lost up to a third of her body weight, which was 90-175 pounds.  Now she is eating grass, herbs, Continue reading It’s Not Easy Being a Mama Bear


Who’s Out at Lathrop, # 1

by Barbara Walvoord

No, we’re not talking about some old lesbians, though some of us, too, are “out” at Lathrop and feel warmly welcomed.

But today, we’re talking about our Lathrop creatures who have been hiding in dens or burrowing into the ground, coming out now as the weather warms, welcomed by Lathrop’s residents, who’ve been waiting for spring.

Of course, we have to begin with our bears. Has anyone seen a bear at Lathrop yet this spring?

If you don’t bring in your bird feeders, you may see them where you don’t want them–knocking down your bird feeder pole with one powerful swipe, or climbing onto your porch. Think about your garbage cans, too, and don’t leave open your garage door with bird seed or other goodies inside.

Once a bear finds food someplace, it will return again and again in future years. Continue reading Who’s Out at Lathrop, # 1