Friday, June 13, 2014

Shenandoah National Park June 2014

I would say this is the year of the Black Bear in Shenandoah National ParkWe kept track of the number of bear and these were the numbers for 3 days of riding around and looking.  We counted 5 cubs and 15 adult and yearlings . Most years we are lucky to see even one.

 How Challenging photographing  black bears. They never want to look at you....
 And when they do they are in behind the ferns
   or walking away
You can't get your settings right because of low light in the forest
Or you see a big one and it's between  rock and a tree!

 A sow was foraging and three of her cubs were just running wild.Can you find the two in the ferns in this picture?
  This was probably a big male because sows only go between 100 and 175 pounds where males can weigh in at 300
 This was a small cub foraging alone..  He would NOT lift his head.  It was early morning and he was soaking wet from the dew.
 The bear population is estimated between 500 - 700 in the Park

 Sows become sexually mature at age 3 or 4-- mating in mid-summer
 The embryo does not develop until she dens in the fall and she carries the cub (s) for 6 weeks
 A cub weighs about 8 ounces and is hairless with eyes closed when born
Twins are common but four is not uncommon
Even though I was not happy with my photography skills I am happy about how many bears I saw and how easy they were to find.

To God be the Glory  ~~Great Things He hath Done

1 comment:

Country Girl said...

We used to live in NE Pa. We were at the top of the Poconos about an hour above the Delaware Water Gap. Many bears up there weighed in at 600 pounds and at least one at 700.. This was what was reported at hunting season and I suppose they were males. Bear sightings were an everyday thing for the folks living on the mountain but only occasional for the folks in town. They love people's garbage and bird feeders! I think they are beautiful - from a safe distance!

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