In My Backyard

booboobearbecky(Zone 4)April 4, 2008

We live in the woods of Northern WI and the wildlife is abundant here. I've learned to share my gardens with the local fauna and how to apprciate nature in all it's glory. Here are some photos I've taken over the last 12 months. Some of them are just too amazing not to share. Enjoy!


From Misc Bears


From Quadruplet Bears


From Bearzilla


From Ms. Quilleran


From Mr. Foxworthy


From Red Squirrels


From Grey Squirrels


From The Watering ...


From Cinderella


From Goldilocks


From Snow White


From Drizella


From Cubs

More wildlife photos "in my backyard."

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Holy bearness!!!!!

    Bookmark   April 4, 2008 at 7:12PM
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Poor mama 4 at once. Bad enough to have the normal one or two but four!!!

You must have excellent food resources in your area to have a bear produce four at once.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2008 at 9:41PM
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Those 3 bears in that swimming pool cracked me up.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 3:44PM
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Four cubs is incredible! What great shots. The bears look so healthy. I like Mr. Foxworthy...too funny!


    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 6:23PM
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booboobearbecky(Zone 4)

Regarding the plentiful resources on our wooded acreage...I agree, there must be plenty, because the same spring Goldilocks appeared with her 4 cubs, Snow White appeared with 3 cubs, and Cinderella appeared with 2 cubs. Amazing! I was busy with my plant books attempting to identify what they were eating. I discovered many plants in our woods that are bear favorites, and of course they love all the acorns from our forest of oak trees. I also discovered a football field sized blackberry patch on our property and those bears know exactly what day those berries ripen. Funny thing is they check them daily and only eat the ripe ones.

Goldilocks was the BEST mother of the 3 adult females with cubs. Snow White was a "nervous nelly," and Cinderalla was a "careless mom." Cinderella and one of her cubs mysteriously disappeared later in the summer, and Snow White adopted Cinderella's stray cub. Snow White was the mama bear with 3 cubs. So by the time fall came around, there were 2 female mother bears with 4 cubs each. It was really something to see that's for sure.

That kiddie swimming pool belongs to my dog, Pancho. The cubs adopted the doggie pool area as their playground. I left it out and refilled it with fresh water often, as it kept the bears out of my garden.

birding nut-
I thought all the cubs looked really healthy as well. Such shiny coats. When fall rolled around they looked like furry butterballs and appeared as fat as they were tall.

Mr. Foxworthy appeared frequently and kept a watchful eye on my garden area. He was not for looking veggies, but hunting for the rabbits stealing my veggies. I was very grateful to Mr. Foxworthy for keeping the bunny population in check. Nature working the way it should I guess.

your words: "holy bearness"
I agree, you summed up my thoughts perfectly!!

It's been an educational experience watching these bear families interact and raise their young.

Glad you all enjoyed the photos.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 11:11PM
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Wow! What a neat experience!


    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 12:26PM
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The first picture where is the bear is the back is peaking out behind the tree is an amazing photo!

    Bookmark   April 11, 2008 at 1:45PM
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LOL! It looks like he's playing peek-a-boo with the two in the front right corner. These are all fantastic far away were you from the bears when you took these pictures? Any bear attacks on humans in your area? Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2008 at 2:23AM
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booboobearbecky(Zone 4)

No bear attacks in our area. I think there are plenty of resources available in the heavily wooded areas here so the bears tend to keep to themselves. I've noticed that black bears are much more likely to run off than tangle in confrontations. Most of them are really quite shy. I've only seen one bear confrontation in 3 years of watching them as they seem to have some sort of "pecking order." Goldilocks was ticked off at Big Bad Wolf (male bear), because he came too close to her cubs. Both bears were on their hind legs swatting away with their forepaws. Goldilocks smacked Big Bad Wolf up side his head and knocked him on his butt, and it was pretty obvious he quickly learned who was boss as he took off like a racehorse after that. He has since moved on to other territory.

I live on a dead-end road in the woods. In addition, our property is surrounded by several large parcels of woodlands. The blackbears are attracted to the acorns and clover in our meadow in spring and early summer. Once the wooded areas leaf out in early summer they tend to look for grub in the woods instead of our lush meadow. Our meadow is between our home and the woods. All of our living room windows face the meadow and woods, so I have plenty of photo opportunities.

I tend to work outside alot and the bears seem to accept me as just part of the landscape (non-threat). I do head inside quickly when I see a mother bear with cubs though.

My hubby has a deer stand (more like a deluxe condo treehouse) in the woods near our house. I often hike out there with my cameras and observe the bears. As long as they know I am there (they can smell me and see me), I'm fine. They just don't like to be surprised. I keep a gym whistle with me, but only had to use it once. And that was to rescue a cub from an ornery female (Drizella; named after Cinderella's wicked step sister). The cub belonged to a different mother bear, Goldilocks. Drizella had run the cub up a small tree and was determined to attack the poor little creature. My whistle scared off Drizella, and Goldilocks came back shortly to retrieve her stray cub. The bears HATE the sound of my whistle and make a hasty retreat.

As a result of all this bear activity on our property, I thought it was best to learn everything I could about them simply for my own safety. It's been a fascinating experience to say the least.

Two females have recently emerged from hibernation with cubs. Both Goldilocks and Red Riding Hood had flings with Bearzilla (extra LARGE male bear) last summer. Goldilocks once again, gave birth to quadruplets, and Red Riding Hood gave birth to triplets. I have to think of some names for these new cubs (hee hee!) I hope to have photos soon, and will post them here. The cubs are about the size of tiny lab puppies right now, but they can climb like monkeys already.

Female Bears have cubs every other year. It's hard to believe that Goldilocks has had two...

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 3:20PM
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How cool! Thanks for sharing those amazing pictures!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 5:43PM
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The one picture looks like a fat guy hiding behind a small tree. "You can't see me."

    Bookmark   May 7, 2008 at 6:29PM
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terrene(5b MA)

Wow, those pictures are terrific! Love your nick names for the animals and reading about their behavior. I think I'd be a little intimidated by bears in the back yard. Do you have to take any special precautions with feeders, garbage, etc. with all those bears around?

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 12:28AM
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booboobearbecky(Zone 4)

At first I was extremely intimidated by the bear activity on our property. However, the more I learned about their behaviors through observation, books and research, the more accepting I became of them. I don't fear them, but I do have a great deal of respect for them and always use caution.

Yes, I take precautions with our bird feeders and garbage cans. In March the bird feeders come down; especially the suet feeder for the woodpeckers. Our garbage cans are locked inside our garage.

I have more problems with the yearlings than I do with the adult bears. You see, the yearlings are very playful critters, and their curiosity is high. Many of my garden tools have turned into "bear toys." Last spring when I brought my hose reels and garden hoses out of storage, they gleefully unrolled 150 feet of hose and dragged it across the meadow into the woods. Once the hose reached it's end they nearly tugged the spigot off the house! My hose reel was hanging in the air! Not being one to get into a tug-o-war match with bears, I just had to wait until they tired of playing with the hose before I could retrieve it.

Large flower pots are another favorite. They enjoy tipping them over and standing on them (well balanced I might add), and rolling them across the yard with all 4 feet. The site of this makes circus bears look like amateurs.

The biggest mystery was the disappearance of my small garden hand tools last summer which was solved by my dog Pancho. At first I thought I was turning into a scatter-brain misplacing all my garden tools. One day while hiking with my dog, he became obsessed with digging under a log. I let him have his digging in the dirt fun, and he uncovered a rotting deer leg along with my garden pliers, screwdriver, a couple of my gardening gloves, and 2 hand trowels. All buried in the same spot. Had my garden tools become "prized bear toys" buried along with a deer leg for a midnight bear snack and play session? The scatter-brain mystery was solved, but another mystery was created. There are plenty of things around my yard and garden for the "bear thieves" to steal. Why these items? And how does a bear retrieve a canvas chair from a deer stand? My chair was taken out of the deer stand enclosure, down the ladder and far into the woods...undamaged. Huh? Well at least I found my chair without a bear sitting in it (hee hee).


    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 12:24PM
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terrene(5b MA)

LOLOLOL, boobooBecky! What a hoot! Those bears sound like they are a constant source of entertainment (and perhaps some irritation). Maybe the bears were thinking about doing some gardening? How nice that those pesky thieves decided to bury a deer leg along with your tools. That way your dog could find them for you!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2008 at 10:17AM
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Min3 South S.F. Bay CA

I am not able to get your photos either on this forum or on your picasa address. Is it me? I would love to see them. Min

    Bookmark   June 15, 2008 at 1:18PM
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Min3 South S.F. Bay CA

OK it must have been our satellite dish - I could get them today. They are wonderful - worth the wait. Min

    Bookmark   June 18, 2008 at 4:36PM
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booboobearbecky(Zone 4)

Glad to hear that you could view my bear and wildlife photos!

Everyone Else-
As promised, here are a few photos of Red Riding Hood and her cubs. Red is a first time mom with 3 cubs I have named Trixie, Dixie and Pixie for identification purposes in my photos.

I keep telling my dog, Pancho, not to leave his toys laying about in our yard and that he needs to pick them up after playing, but he never listens. Now his favorite basketball is squashed. From Red Riding Ho...

Click on the photo or link above to see more photos of Red. I had to convert one of the photos to black and white because it was taken at dusk. However, I've never seen a mother bear nursing her cubs and I was dumbstruck when she rolled over on her back in our meadow and her babies nestled up to her to nurse. The photo I took of a mother bear nursing her cubs doesn't do what I actually saw justice, but it's very interesting nonetheless.

On a sad note, I'm sorry to report that my most photogenic bear, Goldilocks, for the last 3 1/2 years has disappeared. I saw Goldilocks twice in April with her 4 cubs. This is her second set of quadruplets in 3 years, so she was a favorite of my nature photography sessions. Goldilocks was the matriarch of our forest. That means she was the BOSS. The boss of every living creature in our woods. Seeing Goldilocks for the first time 3 1/2 years ago, is what prompted my curiousity about bear behavior.

How did I really know that Goldilocks somehow met her unfortunate demise? Because her 4 cubs bawled their heads off for 3 days in the top of an oak tree outside my living room window. I'm ashamed to say that I closed the windows and took my hearing aids out because the contant squealing and bawling was driving me nuts! Actually I've never heard such a desperate sound from a living thing in my life.

After much guilt, I did what any person who appreciates wildlife would do. I called the appropriate wildlife authorities. Here are their responses (organization names withheld)

1. "We can destroy them if they are an annoyance." (me: WHAT THE HELL!!!!????)

2. "We can hand raise them to adulthood but their chances of surving on their own after we release them is minimal." (me: HOW MUCH IS MINIMAL?)

3. "We can contain them in captivity, but only 50% will survive." (me: UM...AH....50% OF 4 CUBS IS 2; THAT MEANS 1/2 OF THE LITTER WILL DIE. CAPTIVITY? FOREVER?)

I finally got a hold of place that does research on black backs in the wild (but not rescue). With their information, I went from bear photographer to "bear mom."

I understand that this is a controversial subject, so unless there is an interest, I will end my bear updates here. Just so you know....the cubs are not in captivity. So far I've taught them how to climb up a tree when told (not using my...

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 6:13AM
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BooBooBearBecky, I love the pictures and narratives about the bears. Please keep us informed on how they are doing and posting pictures. You are a special person to take this on. God bless you for it.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 2:56PM
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malinda(SE Michigan)

Oh my gosh, this is so interesting. Do you have an update? Is there a chance that the four cubs at some point will be allowed to hang with the other cubs born this spring, or be assisted by any of the other adult females as time goes on? I would love to hear how they are doing. Malinda

    Bookmark   July 17, 2008 at 3:54PM
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ohhhh my goodness!! i have out of curiosity read every single one of these posts!! LOL you are one special person!! i absolutely LOVE your photo's and i really do hope that with you teaching them, that you do have the time to update! i will have to bookmark this page, Lord knows i will never find it otherwise!! LOL ~Medo

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 12:16AM
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Wow, this has been one of the most interesting threads I've ever read here on GW. BBBB; you're awesome; I too would love to read more. I'm shocked that there's not any wildlife organizations that would do anything about these orphaned bears. Even here in NJ there's an organization that takes in the cubs and releases them later on, but they rely completely on public donations and get no money from the state, although the state gives them the cubs. It's all unfortunate BS, but they do it anyway. I wanted to send them a donation but never got around to it, but I'm going to make it my goal to get them whatever I can spare asap. You're my inspiration ;)

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 4:05PM
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terrene(5b MA)

That is very sad to hear about Goldilocks, those poor Cubs. That must have been heart-wrenching to listen to their cries. But you are now a Bear Mom and have been for the past 2 months? What an unusual concept, I have never heard of such a thing. Please give us updates and more details about this very interesting project.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2008 at 9:23AM
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A very timely and lovely thread, indeed.

Never gave bears much thought before-they only existed in movies and remote areas. Then I bought a second home bordering a large state park. When my husband heard mooing in the woods, he thought a farmer had a stray cow to tend to. Then, our neighbor (aptly nicknamed Grizzley) told us it was mamma bear calling her cubs. Eventually mamma was "relocated" (we were told) and her two cubs were left behind.

A bear recently trashed my bird feeders. My reaction was a high power rifle to protect myself and my dogs against a fierce attack. Got a pamphlet from the local camp store on living with blackbears in Maryland and within a half hour a large male black bear crossed the road in front of us. I was a kid all over again, no fear, only utter amazement. Humans don't have a monopoly on this earth and there is room for bears. It's people who have to change their ways to adapt to nature. I felt so stupid.

There will be no complaints from me to DNR for fear this bear will be "relocated". He is welcome on my property but I have heard grumblings from neighbors. As land becomes available and funds permit, I will purchase additional acreage bordering state property to keep it out of the hands of developers. Not just for bears but for all the hard pressed critters.

There will always be controversy when living among creatures we fear but we should really fear our own ignorance more.

Becky, your bears are absolutely beautiful and divinely blessed to have you. I envy your passion that is guaranteed to earn you the nut label but you are what Mother Nature intended.

Please don't stop your stories.


    Bookmark   July 22, 2008 at 12:06PM
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booboobearbecky(Zone 4)

Well, I donÂt really think I am "special" for taking care of these 4 orphan bear cubs, however it is a situation I never in a million years thought IÂd find myself in. Even when I first took on the responsibility to raise the cubs myself, I categorized myself as a "nutcase." My updates have been sparse the last couple of months because these 4 cubs are keeping me very busy. IÂll do my best to keep everyone up to date.

The only other female in our woods this year with cubs is Red Riding Hood. I made every attempt to "hang out" with Red and her 3 babies, Trixie, Dixie, and Pixie. My thinking was that even if Red would have just adopted at least ONE of the cubs it would be a huge advantage. Her cubs and my cubs do interact, and once my runt, Fern, even snuggled up to Red!! When Red departed the area we were all hanging out in (ThatÂd be Me [the only one without black fur and claws], Forrest, Flower, Flora & Fern along with Red, Trixie, Dixie & PixieÂ.Âyep count emÂÂthatÂs me with 8 [picture me peeing my pants] yes 8 bears!!!!) Holy cow! Anyway Fern trotted along with Red and her 3 babies but returned 2 hours later galloping right up to me. Can you imagine how shocked I was that Fern would prefer me over Red? After all, Red knows how to dispense milk properly to her cubs and I all have is a cheap plastic bucket that contains substitute milk made from powder.

Well IÂm happy that you found this post! My orphan cubs are finding more of their own food in the woods now, so I hope to post more frequent updates and photos. IÂm attempting to post video as well, but uTube shreds the quality of my video clips, so IÂm looking for alternatives. Some of my cub videos are just a hoot!

There was one organization I found that would take the cubs and raise them in captivity and release them as adults. I was just disappointed when they informed me that only 50% of the cubs would survive. And even the 50% that would be released as adults had a low chance of survival and returning to the wild. I was hoping that I could beat the odds and go for 100% survival without ever going the captivity route. Certainly a huge undertaking on my part with perhaps unrealistic hopes, but in the end I honestly felt that the baby orphan cubs had the best chance with me, "the nutcase."

Seeing a black bear "for real" (not in a zoo or a cage) is quite an exhilarating experience isnÂt it? IÂm so happy to hear that you had a change of heart about bears after you got to see one out and about. Yes, our home is in the woods, but the bears were here first. Who am I to tell them they have to move out? For me, education was the key for learning to co-exist near them. When I read your post Linda, I nearly fell out of my chair because I was laughing so darn hard. What you wroteÂ.."I envy your passion that is guaranteed to earn you the nut label." Well that has already happened! Yes,...

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 3:38AM
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This is just amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your bears and this experience with us! Just ...... WOW!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 5:25PM
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I am so happy to read the update and see the pictures. I have a huge grin on my face as I type this because the pictures are so adorable.

Please keep us informed and I wish you success in getting them to hibernate.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2008 at 11:58AM
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terrene(5b MA)

Your pictures are just amazing. The bear cubs are sooooo cute! I love your story about being a Bear Mama! I will be waiting on the edge of my seat for your next update.

You are doing something very unique and fascinating, certainly not the usual boring life. If it takes being a nutcase to do something so original, then it sounds like fun to be a nutcase!

It's unfortunate you can't hibernate with your babies, the idea of hibernating away the winter is very appealing. I feel that way every January. :)

    Bookmark   August 8, 2008 at 10:20PM
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Wow! Awesome! Absolutely surreal! When I started reading this post and saw the first pictures I was amazed. Now - beyond words. National Geographic would love to hang out with you! Great job Becky! Really great job!


    Bookmark   August 9, 2008 at 12:52PM
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Love it. Please if possible let us know how the search for a den goes.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 10:30AM
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Just wondering how the little ones are doing.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2008 at 11:25AM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

How big are they now?

I am wondering about what they will do when they are larger and still looking for food from a bowl. I just can't imagine anyone that isn't a millionaire having enough resources to feed four adult bears.

Are you independently wealthy?

What do you plan to do with these bears after they become adults?

    Bookmark   August 20, 2008 at 10:18AM
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skippy05(z7 PA)

This has to be the most wonderful story I have ever read!You are truly amazing. I do not consider you a nut case at all! Actually, I am jealous!!
Your pictures are beautiful. I just cannot imagine how hard it must be for you to keep your hands off these babies! AND no human talk only your mamma bear sounds!
I wish you all the luck in the world with these cubs.
I think you deserve a medal for what you are doing!
I am so happy to hear that you & Red have a mutual respect for each other.
Hope everything is going well. Thanks for sharing this marvelous story. You should write a book (maybe this winter when they are sleeping?)
Isn't Mother Nature wonderful.
Good Luck!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2008 at 7:06PM
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Elly_NJ(NJ z6)

How do you instill the natural fear of humans that will prevent them from bothering other people? In NJ, bears that are "incorrigable" (frequently homes, raiding garbage) are killed by the state.

I have a friend who is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in NJ. She is licensed for bears, and keeps them separate from her staff, volunteers and other mammals. It costs her a fortune to overwinter them, which she must do before they are released as yearlings. She feeds them once a day, and scares the &hi* out of them regularly, to keep their fear of people.

In the spring, bears wake and travel. They cover many miles in their search for food & territory.

I think your work is kind but misguided. I wish you the best.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2008 at 3:14PM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

I don't think Becky's work is misguided since she wasn't offered any guidance. She didn't have much of a choice but to raise the bears herself based on her earlier post.
It sounds like she tried to enlist the help of appropriate authorities, but in her area the options were not palatable to her. Seems like she is trying her very best to "raise" them to be wild animals. I think it has been a courageous and selfless journey for her to take, and the bears are better off than having been destroyed. Her yard sounds like a safe-haven for bears with plenty of food where they can come back year after year and not bother other people. Perhaps they will not wander many miles. Perhaps they will. No one knows where their journey will take them, but Becky's story of her caring for the bears, as opposed to them being destroyed or shut up in captivity to become neurotic, unhappy animals at least gives them a chance.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2008 at 9:54AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

I just briefly looked over here to see what's happening and I couldn't believe this is going on for soo....long without me seeing!

Didn't read all of it but I will later, all I wanted to tell you,.. good luck and a big thank you for posting
your wonderful story and pictures with us!!!


    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 12:41AM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

She was offered guidance, she just didn't like what she was told.

I'm not saying that the options these bear cubs had were good ones, but now she is raising bears that have learned not to be afraid of people AND not only that, look at the pictures, look at the containers... these bears have learned that containers provided by people contain food....

If you know anything about living in bear country (I used to live in WI), bears who aren't afraid of people, who look for food in people containers, become labeled nuisance bears. Its not a good label for a bear.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 10:18AM
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skippy05(z7 PA)

You cannot please all of the people all of the time...........

I agree, she didn't like what she was told, therefore she did what she could to help the bear cubs.
I would have done the same thing!

Kudos to Becky!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 11:47AM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

Usually rescued bear cubs are placed with new bear moms or they are placed in zoos or game farms.

If Becky wants to become a zoo or game farm, then kudos to her. She is going to have to start raising money fast, as its an expensive proposition.

If she thinks these cubs will become wild and live on their own, without being a nuisance to others, she is mistaken.

Here is a link that might be useful: bear articles in Wisconsin

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 12:24PM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

Joepye, thanks for sharing the articles. They are very interesting and informative.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 7:41PM
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booboobearbecky(Zone 4)

IÂm glad you are enjoying my posts about the orphan bear cubs. I guess I felt compelled to write about my bear cub experience to make it more "real" to me. Also writing about it on the internet to people I canÂt actually see saves me from seeing the look of "yep, sheÂs a nutcase" on peopleÂs faces.

IÂm happy that my bear pictures make you smile. IÂm not a good photographer at all. I just got really lucky with the subject matter at hand. Attempting to photograph 4 bear cubs all at once has been a challenge. I donÂt take my camera equipment with me very often when the cubs and I are tramping around the woods. I need to keep my wits about me. Also, the cubs are fascinated with my camera and they want to play with it. I wipe bear nose prints off the lens often. I usually get most of my photos when the cubs are occupied with food or play.

I think the cubs are pretty cute too. Even more so with each one developing their own personality. Forrest is the serious one. Flower is the shy one, Flora is the special one with a gentle soul, and Fern is the goofball class clown. This summer has been an experience that I consider nuttier than usual. More like surreal!

You were amazed at my pictures? Wow! What a compliment. Thanks. Watching all the wildlife in the woods surrounding our home IS just like watching the National Geographic Channel.

The den search may not be up to me actually. The cubs have gained so much more independence in the latter half of this summer. In fact, IÂm no longer able to keep up with the little rascals in the woods any longer. ItÂs amazing how 4 creatures of their size can simply disappear in the brush, ferns and trees. I still plan to create a couple of denning spots for them in our woods where trees have fallen just in case. In our area bears like to create dens at the base of uprooted trees and dig under them.

I estimate the weight of the bears to be around 50 pounds now. They need to put on a few more pounds before hibernation which shouldnÂt be too hard considering the amount of acorns and berries that are ripe in our woods now.

No, I am not independently wealthy (sure would be nice though). No, I am not a millionaire (I clip coupons and shop at discount stores).

Once the bear cubs got their choppers (around June), teaching the bear cubs to find natural food in the forest has been a priority. Supplemental feeding from me dropped off gradually to once a day, since food in the forest became plentiful this summer. There were many days the cubs needed no supplemental food at all. Watching them learning to forage for themselves sure made me proud of them.

As for the containers I carried their food in, I considered it a necessity because when I invited them to join me for dinner in my kitchen they refused to use silverware, so I sent them back to the woods to forage on their own. Such...

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skippy05(z7 PA)

I think it is fantastic that you were able to attend the course with Lynn Rogers. We have seen his documentary on Animal Planet! He is amazing!
How true, animals do not care about our disabilities.
Thanks for the update, we are looking forward to the photos!! I wish you much success & the best of everything to you & your family (human & animal!)
I do not think you are a nutcase!!
Good luck & take care!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2008 at 2:56PM
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Thanks for the update.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2008 at 11:57PM
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    Bookmark   September 26, 2008 at 1:43PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thanks soooo..much with the update!


    Bookmark   October 13, 2008 at 1:12AM
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KEWL!!!!!! and I thought it was alot of work bringing in a 7 day old kitten abandoned by her mother.......YOU ROCK!!!

    Bookmark   October 18, 2008 at 11:08AM
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terrene(5b MA)

Becky, I am wondering how things are going with you and the bear cubs?

I really admire what you are doing, and it seems to me that you are breaking new ground in how humans interact and co-exist with the wildlife around us. Joepyeweed does bring up some good points, and I would hate for your bears or any bears to be harmed because they have become too habituated to human activity. Perhaps you are taking a risk, but if we don't take risks, how will we learn? And these bear cubs would have been doomed otherwise.

If we (the big we) can learn something from your experiences, it is well worth what you are doing IMO.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2008 at 2:51PM
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I guess up in your neck of the woods, they should be hibernating soon. I believe they start around this time here in NJ. I hope all goes well with them, and I too will be checking back for more updates.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 11:28AM
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booboobearbecky(Zone 4)

Long Time; No Update
I apologize for the long delay in posting to those of you who have been following this thread. A few health issues, along with the passing of my hearing dog threw me for a loop! Despite the chaos in my life, IÂve kept up with the nurturing of my orphan bear cubs.

At the moment the quadruplet orphan bear cubs, Forrest, Flower, Flora and Fern are doing great! They are fat, healthy and nearing the point of hibernation. From Orphan Cubs

IÂve spent an extensive amount of time with the cubs since April and IÂve come to know them as individuals. Each one has their own unique personality, behaviors and quirks. Let me introduce them to you one at a time.

From Orphan Cubs

Forrest, male, is the largest of the four and stands out as the leader. The other cubs take all their queues from Forrest. When to go, when to stay, when to take cover. Forrest could easily survive on his own and in fact would probably fare better without the burden of his siblings. However, he remains true to his family and takes his broodÂs safety very seriously. ForrestÂs main competition for the leadership role was often tested by Fern "the runt." I was often grateful to Forrest for using his leadership skills to keep Fern in line, because I sure had a tough time doing it. If you wanted to learn about classic bear behaviors, Forrest would be the bear to watch. He takes life in the woods very seriously and is always on guard. I nicknamed Forrest "the watcher." From Orphan Cubs

Flower, female, began her life as the second largest bear cub in the family. As summer progressed and her three brothers grew up, she has become the smallest. This is natural as typical male bears tend to be larger and heavier than the females. Flower was a very shy cub and I feared starvation for her during my first rescue attempts. She has since formed a special bond with me that goes a bit deeper than her brothers. Flower would win a bear beauty contest if one existed. Her features are exquisite and a bit more delicate and defined. From Orphan Cubs

Flower sometimes ended up alone with me when her brothers ventured off at a pace she was unable to maintain. She would seek out physical comfort from me with gentle touches, and when startled run behind me for protection. I trust Flower more than her siblings and perhaps our bond is a good thing as she will most likely stake out her territory in the geographic area she was born in. If she survives to adulthood, IÂm quite certain our paths will cross again. ...

    Bookmark   October 21, 2008 at 5:28PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you for this update!
You sure have done a outstanding job, putting sooo....much time and effort into something like this is not a easy task.
All I want to say to you is,... THANK YOU!
For all the work you're doing and most of all, being a mother for these orphan bears!


    Bookmark   October 21, 2008 at 10:10PM
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terrene(5b MA)

Becky, thanks for the update! I enjoyed reading every word of it. Your bears seem to be doing very well. They are spending 95% of the time on their own now? Congratulations! I hope their hibernation goes well.

Amazing that the 8 bears are so comfortable hanging out with each other and with you. I love your description of Red Riding Hood relaxing while YOU are on baby-sitting duty!

As for the "stinky sock" fetish - LOL - what is up with that? Perhaps the smell of your feet helps them to identify you or reinforces some sort of bond with you? Similar to the way dogs greet each other by sniffing each others behinds...;)

    Bookmark   October 22, 2008 at 2:04AM
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Fascinating, Any updates?

    Bookmark   November 7, 2008 at 9:17PM
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You could write a book Becky! I enjoyed reading this. They look so healthy. I'm not surprised that the orphan bears would be used to you but I think it's amazing that the other bears would approach you and even lick your feet. It makes a person wonder how much they can communicate with each other. Maybe the quads somehow let them know that you're ok.

What are you going to do when they emerge from hibernation though? Do you worry about them approaching your neighbors when they start to find their own territory?

    Bookmark   November 9, 2008 at 9:12AM
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My 10 year old daughter and I came across this thread today and we're just fascinated by your story. I hope you will continue to keep us posted on how the bears are!

    Bookmark   November 9, 2008 at 7:16PM
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I saw your siggy on Name that Plant & came over here for an update. Thank you so much for all you have done for these lucky, lucky bears. I thought I was doing something by taking in stray dogs & cats-Ha! You should write a book (as previously mentioned by another poster) Your story is both fascinating & inspirational. I have followed from the beginning but never posted before. I cannot imagine how much work you put into this endeavor & seem to have done so very successfully. Keep us posted! Also be careful-especially around Red's offspring. We both need you-bears & humans!

    Bookmark   November 25, 2008 at 3:29PM
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playintheyard(zn6 MA)

WOW!! just stumbled across this post, a truly fascinating story! How wonderful your home and yard sound. I don't know if I would have the guts to go out in the yard never mind walk thru the woods. lol.
You are a great "foster Mother" and I wish you well w/ the bears. Looking forward to hearing how they faired thru the winter and what the will do come spring.


    Bookmark   December 27, 2008 at 9:45AM
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Becky, thank you for 45 minutes of a wonderful tour through your backyard and life with the bears. I am speechless about what you have done and your fantastic pictures. Yes, you should write a book!!

Thank you so much for sharing this.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2009 at 4:29PM
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Hi Becky, I am new here and just came across your posts. I think it is wonderful the way you took care of the orphans and taught them to be bears. I like black bears and just visited the Bear Center in Ely last summer.
I live in west central WI and we have plenty of bears here, too. One hangs around our yard every spring and summer. When corn starts to form ears in the fields around our woods he leaves. I'm looking forward to updates from you in the spring.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2009 at 9:46PM
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Becky You are an excellent "Momma Bear" and a wonderful writer. I can't wait to hear the next chapter. I know what a huge sacrifice of time this was for you. No matter what the outcome remember efforts like these are surely what gets a person into heaven. Blessings

    Bookmark   February 22, 2009 at 12:33PM
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I am just speechless, Becky! What a wonderful person you are to have taken all the time, research, expense, etc. to care for your four beautiful bear cubs, and to keep such a wonderful photo journal for us to enjoy and feel a part of it all! I admire you very much! And now, I'm almost afraid to ask.... but did the cubs hibernate successfully? Kat in KS

    Bookmark   April 18, 2009 at 10:18PM
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Becky you have worked hard to take care of the bears the best you could and you've shared your wonderful adventure with many of us. Thank you for your kind heart and nurturing nature. You are a special person. I have enjoyed reading about your devotion to the bears.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2009 at 1:04AM
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booboobearbecky(Zone 4)

You think I did a good job being a mother to these bear cubs eh? Just an FYI, IÂm not even a Mom in real life! My only experience with infant critters has come from farm life growing up. One of my farm chores was teaching young calves how to drink from a pail. I simply used the same technique to teach the cubs how to drink from a bowl. HereÂs how itÂs done:

ÂDunk hand and fingers in the pail of milk
ÂTrickle drops of milk on the snout and lips of the calf
ÂLet the calf lick your fingers and suckle
ÂSlowly move your hand down into the pail of milk
ÂNow the calf is drinking milk on itÂs own!

I did the same thing with the bear cubs, because bottle feeding 4 cubs at the same time would have been impossible unless I had 8 arms. Not to worryÂ.at the time I was teaching the cubs to drink, they had no teeth.

Yes, the bear cubs were 95% on their own when I wrote my last post. Between my last post and the time when they hibernated, they were completely on their own. This time period of complete independence covered last November and December.

You commented on RedÂs Riding HoodÂs comfort level with me as the summer and fall progressed. This is something I am still mystified about. She pulled her baby sitting trick often last fall while she was feeding heavily prior to hibernation. SheÂd spot me and the quad cubs, drop her 3 cubs off, and completely LEAVE the area to go feed. IsnÂt that strange? I have no explanation for her behavior whatsoever.

The "bear greeting" is a nose touch and sniff. So yes, terrene I suppose this is similar to the dog butt sniff. OMG, does that mean my feet have the aroma of "eau de dog butt?!?" So maybe when the bear cubs touched, sniffed, and licked my feet they were greeting me. They also often touched and sniffed my hair with their noses if I was sitting on the ground. I sure hope my hair isnÂt giving off a dog butt aroma.

Keep reading because I have lots of updates today!! (and new photos too)

You stated: "I think it's amazing that the other bears would approach you and even lick your feet. It makes a person wonder how much they can communicate with each other."

Actually bears communicate quite a bit with each other. Not with roars and growls so much, but with huffs, puffs, sniffs & grunts, along with teeth clacking, tongue clicking, nose & paw touches, licks, posturing, gestures & stiff legged walking. If youÂd like to hear some of the noises that black bearÂs make and read about what they mean, check this out:

Black Bear Sounds

You asked about my role in the bears lives once they emerge from hibernation. Actually when the cubs emerge from hibernation, my part in their lives will be mostly over. IÂll be there at first to offer assurance and familiarity, but for the most part, theyÂve learned everything they need to know to survive on their own. When the male cubs leave to find their own...

    Bookmark   April 22, 2009 at 4:08AM
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booboobearbecky(Zone 4)


The snow is finally melted, the weather is warming up. Yeah!!!

Red Riding Hood and her 3 yearlings emerged from hibernation the second week of March. The all looked healthy and happy. None of the orphan cubs were in tow though. After all the bonding the two families participated in last fall, I thought perhaps their relationship would continue once all the bears were out of hibernation.

I watched Red and family off and on for a month. March passed by and April began, and still no orphan cubs. I was really starting to worry now, but had made my peace with the outcome of the orphan cubs either way.

I took a few hikes in the woods to look for "bear sign," something I learned a great deal about while attending bear camp in Ely last summer. I was looking for typical signs of bears in the woods and found plentyÂclaw marks on trees, bear hair on tree bark, fresh scrapes on dead logs & of course bear scat (for you non-woodsy people that's p**p), but I found nothing that specifically pointed to the orphan cubs.

On April 14th I found something in the woods that made me stop in my tracks.

Babe the pig with his ears suckled clean off.

I was certain that Babe the pig had both of his ears intact last fall. I checked some cub photos just to be sure. Yep, there was Babe, count em 1, 2, furry pink ears. Could it be that the orphan bear cubs had dragged Babe into their hibernation den with them? And now brought him back out after hibernating minus his ears? They were certainly attached to that silly stuffed toy pig, thatÂs for sure. I realized I was grasping for straws and imagining silly stories as I wiped a tear from my eye. I held Babe up to my face and breathed in bear drool. I took Babe back to the house with me for a keepsake. I decided I would never launder him again. Holy Cow what a sentimental sad sap I was turning into.

What happened next is just plain weird. The next day, April 15th, I was heading to the living room to watch TV, and I just got this "inkling feeling." I retrieved my binoculars and went to the window and lo and behold there they were! 4 yearling bear cubs and YES by golly it was Forrest, Flower, Flora and Fern nibbling on emerging clover in the meadow. I let out a whoop so loud, my dog even started howling and barking. I grabbed my coat and hat and then I remembered that the cubs didnÂt like it when I wore a hat (I think it prevented them from sniffing my hair.) Tossed the hat and snagged Babe out of the laundry room and raced out to greet them. My heart was poundingÂWould they remember me?? Before I write one more word, those of you who have been following this thread will recognize exactly what these bear cubs are doing. See the pictures below: ...

    Bookmark   April 22, 2009 at 9:51AM
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OMG Becky,
Thank you so much for the up date,it brought tears to my eyes,you are truly an amazing woman.Please consider writing a book,simply titled,Becky,Bear Whisperer.
The whole world would love to read this wonderful, loving,kind,funny,sad,adventurous,and amazing story.
This has brightened up my day,thank you.I , like so many others, worried about your babies all winter,my husband and i mentioned a few times over the winter months,we hoped your babies were ok.
You should feel so proud of the work you have done,this should be written down for a history lesson,some one else will need to know this,hopefully.

You wondered if bears have memory,yes,every thing does, there are those naysayers who will tell you other wise,but do not pay attention to them.
Every year,for about 4 years, we had pair of Phobia birdes make a nest on the underside of our porch,they came back every year, to the same spot,we would sit out there with them, they tought their babies how to leave the nest with us out there,execpt for one year,a Bluejay,discoved they had a nest there,and was very interested in their babies, i would scare them off,when i was out there, but i could not be out there all the time,and sure enough, one day we got up,went out side,and the babies were gone,we know the Blue Jay took them.
The pair of Phibie went to the nest only a couple of times,and did not lay thieir second set of eggs there.
The next year,they came back, flew up to that same spot,made some bird noises,only they could understand,but they did not build there.They remembered what had happened,this will be the third year with no nest,we have seen them this year already,they have vivited the area, but so far, no nest building.
My Koi, fish remember me,even the frogs i have in the pond,i can feed them by hand,but if some one new comes up to the pond, they hop in the water.Nature is a wonderful thing, a gift given to us all,if you live in harmony with nature,you reap the rewards,don't let any one tell yuou other wise.
I hope you keep us updated Becky, and please, start that book, i will buy it!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2009 at 2:04PM
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All I can say, Becky, is a big WOOHOO!!!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 6:53PM
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So glad they got through the winter ok. What a nice story. I wonder if they deliberately left the pig for you to find.

Anyone can write a book nowadays Becky. It wouldn't have to be selected by a publisher. Of course if you wanted to make money, you might need one. We made a hardback "book" after my daughters wedding with her photos. We used after seeing it on Oprah. They were showing how to put kids' artwork into a permanent book on her show but you can use photos too or whatever else you can scan. It looks just like a regular book when they're done with photos on each page and words below. I'm not sure what it would cost. We had a special Oprah offer so we only had to pay postage.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 12:32PM
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Becky, thanks to my friend, Malinda, I'm checking in and reading the WONDERFUL update! I am in total awe and so happy to read the latest "bear" news! Give yourself a huge pat on the back, job well done!

Yeah, you really should write a book! And, your new dog is a real beauty!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2009 at 12:42PM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

Timothy Treadwell had nothing but the best intentions, but his efforts ended in tradgedy for not only him but some of "his" bears as well.

Bears should be treated as wild animals. They should not be fed people food in people containers. Nor should they play with people toys.

The pictures are very neat, I hope nothing but the best for the bears. I just question the need to continue to feed these bears, especially in their second year.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2009 at 1:26PM
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terrene(5b MA)

WOW! How on earth did I miss this update from over TWO months ago??? Such a pleasure to read your update finally BBBB! :)

So glad that the 4 orphan bears made it through the winter and are doing well. I imagine you worried yourself sick over the winter, and with the delay in their emergence. A big congratulations to you!!

Your story would make a fabulous book, for children and adults alike. There was a show on Animal Planet recently called "Bear Man of Kamchatka". Bear expert Charlie Russel raised orphan grizzlies by hand in the Russian wilderness. "Upon discovering the motherless cubs in 1997, Russell acted as a surrogate parent and taught the cubs how to hunt and fend for themselves.."

Sounds like you...Maybe you should be the "Bear Woman of Wisconsin"!

    Bookmark   June 30, 2009 at 7:36PM
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malinda(SE Michigan)

Becky - any chance for an update? I am hoping the bears made it through another winter and you are seeing them again. Hopefully with some new cubs, as well.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 7:45PM
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Becky, what an amazing story. Thank you for documenting this wonderful adventure. What a way to start my Memorial Day. God bless you.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 3:37PM
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Becky, do you suppose your feet sweat and they could taste the salt. Maybe they need a salt block. LOL

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 11:55PM
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Becky, very much enjoyed reading about your experience. Laughed a lot while reading it. You express yourself very well. Learned about this site while reading the blog on the bears studied by Dr. Rogers. Hope you do an update sometime soon. Thank you for sharing your adventure.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 10:49AM
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Oh!Becky, what a wonderful adventure you had. I happened to come across your page from the Bear Center. I have been following Lily and Hope since last Jan. I am so amazed with that story and than yours. How great is that? It has taken me over an hour to read all and in the end shed tears of happiness for you and your cubies. You are truly blessed by the highest to have this honor of raising these babies. I wish you the very best and keep up the wonderful job. I hope Flower bring by her cubies for you to see your grandcubies when she has them. Love to you and all the good work you do.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 12:45PM
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Naples bears Florida

OMG I loved the whole story. I saw you telling us all about your adventure on the Lily and Hope chat page today and had to come over and check it out for myself...OMG I am so happy I did.I am not an big reader but you kept my interest and I just couldn't stop reading until it was done. Too bad that joey whoever had to be a "spoilsport" and try to ruin such a beautiful story. But we all saw right through that "dud"..we went on together reading and sobbing all the way. I love watching nature in it's own home and believe people need to remember who lived here first..they are not in OUR yard we are in THEIR yard. Keep up the good work and YES you shpould become a writer, you are able to express your words well that we all felt like we were in your back yard with you. good Luck!! Naples Bears or Shirl Pierce-Siebert on FB

    Bookmark   January 7, 2011 at 3:27PM
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Becky Thank-you so much for sharing your wonderful story. I saw your link on Lily & Hope's web cam yesterday. All I can say to you is, you are one amazing lady!!!!! You are a lucky to have had the rewards of this experience. You do need to put your story in a book to help dispel all the myths that abound about our beloved black bears. Please post any news you have on your bears. God Bless Your Bear Loving Soul !!!!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2011 at 8:59AM
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Becky, Hope all is well with you and the bears. We'd love an update!!!!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2011 at 7:34AM
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chaparralgirl(Sonoran Desert (CA))

Hi there, Becky,

Your entire thread (well, a link to it) was posted over in the Cacti & Succulents Forum (it must've really had an impact on the individual who posted it), and I came on over to check it out.

I have to say, I'm all astonishment, in complete awe, and thoroughly moved. This has been an unbelievably beautiful story. You've been part of an amazing blessing. Few things are this magical - which is an utter shame, truly. As a species, we expend so much energy separating ourselves from the miracle of life. You have surrounded yourself in it. Oh, that the rest of mankind would be so attuned to its Mother.

I will admit, much of the thread I skimmed over. (As a quick aside, you really should consider having this story published as a book or photojournal.) I did catch the few posts from such folks as "joepyeweed" and others. Their comments aren't without merit. They have some real and valid concerns, and I don't disagree with their arguments. I think, however, that theirs, in contrast to yours (and, it would appear, the majority of everyone else here), paints the situation in an either/or scenario - either the bears are allowed human contact, or they're not. One position says you're doing just fine; the other says that you're interfering with nature, and (thus) putting at risk not only any humans the bears might decide later on that they're not afraid of, but also the bears themselves (as a consequence of a lack of fear of humans). Bears are wild animals, and should be treated as such. They need to be afraid of humans, so that they'll stay away from humans, and human foods, etc.

I suggest a third perspective - one, I think, that would actually require a paradigm shift. As I said, as a species we expend so much time, energy, effort and resource trying to separate ourselves from the natural world; this is as much a result of our notion that we actually are separate from the natural world as it is a prime contributing factor to that notion. (We think we're not part of nature, so we separate ourselves from nature; we've become so removed from nature, that we don't recognize that we're actually part of it.) I suggest that this notion we've developed that we are separate from nature is folly (indeed, it's responsible for much of the destructive, overconsumptive behavior that is presently destroying the Earth), and that the idea that we need to maintain that separation is flawed. Your contact with the bears is, in my opinion, natural. You chose to live in their natural habitat; but instead of trying to drive them away, you chose to live peacefully in harmony with them. You weren't domesticating them. You gave them a chance at survival; and (at least at the time of your last post) you were successful. They recognize you by scent, by sound, and by sight. I don't know how much and what kind of contact the Native Americans had with the bears back before the New World was colonized, but I'd venture to say you have lived with these bears...

    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 1:44AM
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Well said, Jessica.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 2:15PM
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Becky, thank you so much for the story. I loved it. I read every post in this thread and loved all the update.
Please continue to post with more pictures.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2012 at 6:42PM
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Becky, thank you for your story. I was also linked here from the Succulents forum. I read every post. My heart sank when I read that the bears had disappeared after the winter and I cried when they were alive. What a moving story. I agree with chaparralgirl-- you've explored a different paradigm of interaction with nature here, and achieved a 100% survival rate for the cubs, and you're to be commended for it. Well done.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2012 at 1:19PM
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Becky, Wondering how you are doing? I'm back on GW now and truly loved your Bear stories. Hope all is well with you and the Bears! You are amazing!

Mary Oates

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 6:10AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Just got to see this now and I'm glad all is fine, did extremely well as a momma substitute! you were saying how you have learned, feeding calves milk in your younger years,...I had to do exactly the same when growing up and helping my dad on the farm in Switzerland, I guess this is universal.

Hope everything turns out for the good in the long run, human and animal.
Thank you for all this work you've done and sharing with us.


    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 9:06PM
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What Disney name would you give to these bears?

You are unbelievably irresponsible and are playing with dynamite. I hope your Frankenstein bears are killed or captured before they make the list above.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 12:52AM
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Becky- What a truly awesome documentary. I felt like I was there. Besides being a cub "Mom", you have the gift of story telling. Any updates?

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 12:22AM
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