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.
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