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Mink’s Cubs

One last update, as so many readers have inquired about the welfare of Mink’s three cubs.  They have been sighted several times, traveling apart from one another.  One cub has been spotted more than once, but not captured, at someone’s bird feeder.  Efforts (game cameras and bait food) are being made to lure and capture them after which they will be brought to the Kilham Bear Center in Lyme, NH where they will be fed and cared for and eventually released into the wild.

Mink’s cubs are about 8 months old and weigh between 25 and 35 pounds. Black Bear cubs typically stay with their mother until they are 18 months old, at which time they are weaned and on their own.  Cubs as young as five months old have survived the loss of their mother, so one can only hope that, if not caught and raised by humans, Mink’s cubs will be as fortunate.

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13 responses

  1. Susie Peters

    🤞🙏❤

    On Mon, Aug 31, 2020 at 8:45 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: “One last update, as so many readers have inquired > about the welfare of Mink’s three cubs. They have been sighted several > times, traveling apart from one another. One cub has been spotted more > than once, but not captured, at someone’s bird feeder. Effor” >

    August 31, 2020 at 8:49 am

  2. Beautiful Babies! Thank You! 🙂 ❤

    August 31, 2020 at 8:50 am

  3. Marie

    Mary thank you for the update. We will hope for the best for these three cuties.

    August 31, 2020 at 8:52 am

  4. My fingers are crossed for these cubs.

    August 31, 2020 at 9:19 am

  5. Gaylee Amend

    How does our care and concern here fit with bear-hunting season? I’m having trouble dealing with this….

    August 31, 2020 at 9:22 am

  6. linda whipple

    I hope they are found!

    August 31, 2020 at 9:34 am

  7. Bill on the Hill

    Sadly, however in the end, it may be a blessing for these cubs that their mother has passed on of old age presumably thus far…Once they are released into the natural world, hopefully their instincts will NOT draw them back to the Hanover area…They should learn how to be bears in the real world & hopefully without human interference…
    Bill…:~)

    August 31, 2020 at 9:35 am

  8. Thanks for all your efforts to keep us updated.

    August 31, 2020 at 9:46 am

  9. Thank you! I hope you will continue to let us know any news of them. Bear hunting season starts Sept 1 and not all hunters leave cubs or mothers alone.

    August 31, 2020 at 11:31 am

  10. Alice

    Hopefully strong, independent little Bears, if they are not captured.

    August 31, 2020 at 12:19 pm

  11. Kathy

    Thank you and please keep us in the loop for anything else you hear.

    August 31, 2020 at 1:27 pm

  12. Thanks Mary! Fingers crossed they’ll survive and thrive via the Kilham’s nurturing care.

    August 31, 2020 at 6:16 pm

  13. Martha Cochran

    Thanks for the update! Do you know how baby bears would react to their mother dying? Do you think they grieved by her body for days? Anybody know? Would they be lonely at this age without their siblings or mother or is that just anthropomorpism?

    September 1, 2020 at 7:02 am

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