Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bad News Bear!

Going to do something a bit different with this month's blog. This is my first (and probably last) attempt at a photo essay - but this was such a comical event that I just had to share it. Animal 'children' sure do share a lot of characteristics as those of human children!

Photos were taken in the month of April - hence the small size of the Cub. Been wanting to post this series ever since then but never got around to it until now. Quality not all that great as I was hand holding a non-IS 400mm prime lens.

And so the story goes.....

A Momma Bear and her little cub come out from a wooded area along Skyline Drive. After a short pause, she lets Cubby know that it's time to cross the road.

More than halfway across the road, Momma realizes that Cubby isn't behind her and she quickly spins 360 and goes for the retrieval.

Momma approaches Cubby and grabs him by the back of his neck - which is much to his dislike.

After a great deal of bucking 'the grab' by Momma, little Cubby finally gets his way and Momma lets go.

Once again, Momma heads back across the road - but with Cubby in tow this time.

Once they reach the other side, Cubby decides to try Momma's patience yet again - and Momma Bear isn't too freakin' happy about it - so she goes for the 'back of the neck grab' one more time.

But once again, Momma Bear gives in to the reluctance and Cubby gets his way (again!). Cubby seems to be telling me "Yeah...that's right Mr. Human...I'm bad news so don't mess with me!" LOL

For more black bear photos, information and video clips, visit the Black Bears section of my Web site.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Flexitarian By Design

flex·i·tar·i·an a semi-vegetarian diet focusing on vegetarian food with occasional meat consumption.

Black Bears consume plants far more than any other item in their diet. Although they are scientifically considered carnivores (or meat eaters), only small amounts of meat are included, as well as insect larvae (grub) which is very high in protein. Most meat is primarily composed of carrion, with the exception of Whitetail fawns in the Spring. Newborn fawns make for easy captures by lying still. However, once fawns reach about 10 days of age they change their escape tactics. When bears approach, the fawns will get up and run (instead of instinctively lying still) and easily escape. Black Bears lack the agility to catch dodging animals, but they can run pretty darn fast in a straight line!

A Black Bear's natural diet normally consists of 59% berries and acorns, 28% grasses and forbs, and 13% insects and other animals including carrion.

View a short video clip of a Black Bear (Sow) eating a fawn
NOTE: Some of you may not deem this clip suitable to watch, but it's really not all that graphic because I couldn't get out in front of her for the best view - didn't want to piss her off!

For more black bear photos, information and video clips, visit the Black Bears section of my Web site.