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3-30-18 yearling black bears mock fighting 1276

Just like other young mammals, young Black Bears are highly energetic. When they aren’t sleeping, they can be found wrestling, biting, grooming, climbing and playing hard with each other. All of these activities, including the pictured yearlings mock-fighting, equip them with necessary survival skills.

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13 responses

  1. Wow. I noticed the bears have their “hackles” raised. (the hair along their back is raised). I wonder if this is a universal signal of aggression? Of course we’ve all seen dogs do this. One windy winter day two yearling moose popped out of thick balsam, up-wind from me and found me standing still. We were all in deep snow. They were 15 feet from me. We all stood like statues. The hair along their backs stood straight up, like those bears in your picture.

    April 2, 2018 at 8:09 am

  2. Alice Pratt

    I would think the bears were being very vocal! What an experience! ‘sweetpotato7’…….that must have been interesting!

    April 2, 2018 at 8:16 am

    • You bet it was Alice. I was on snowshoes. I “clucked” my tongue as you would with a horse and they swung their heads toward me. Then I clicked my ski poles together and they just trotted off. Moose can be high-steppers. So I followed ’em. They doubled back and led me through a place where two deer were bedded, rousing the deer. I think they wanted to interest me in following the deer.

      April 2, 2018 at 9:06 am

      • Alice Pratt

        I love animals! I’ve had a female turkey in my yard the past few days….she came up steps to get at birdseed….been here for long amounts of time….she seems placid…I’m thinking she’s going to lay a nest full of eggs…they’ll imprint on me & there goes my summer! 😹😹😮🤭🙈

        April 2, 2018 at 5:58 pm

  3. Mary: Wow that’s some photo. Were you nervous being so close? I think I recall your tele-phote lens is only 200. Now was this photo from this year?

    April 2, 2018 at 8:16 am

    • Hi Barbara,
      My lens was 400 mm and I was maybe 75 ‘ from the Bears. I was not afraid, but was on guard, that’s for sure.

      April 2, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    • This photo is from a year ago, but bears are coming out of hibernation now!

      April 3, 2018 at 2:22 pm

  4. James Macneil

    Great picture, Mary !!

    April 2, 2018 at 9:05 am

  5. I am so enjoying the bear photos! I am wondering Mary, was Emma with you at the time?

    April 2, 2018 at 11:05 am

    • Hi Wavy Leaves,
      No, I left Emma in my car, and I rarely ever do that. I must have had a premonition!

      April 2, 2018 at 8:22 pm

  6. ust wondering if you know the aprox. age of these guys?

    April 3, 2018 at 9:29 am

  7. Kathryn

    Those two look like humans in bear suits!

    April 3, 2018 at 9:48 am

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