By Austin Wildlife Education Updates | July 25, 2011 at 01:48 PM EDT | No Comments
Pictures will be posted on web site...Tracking Black bear in the city of Gatlinburg mid day....July 2011. Moma with three cubs suddenly enters pool area over rail...As we where very surprised we surprised her and she walk back over the rails backward.....She and the three cubs quickly scurried over the parking lot to the next hotel...Naturally the canon and lens where near by in the truck, so swim trunks and no shoes is how the tracking began....she left the cubs at the next hotel...We did obtain some shots and will post them...They were eating berries,,,capturing fawns,,,,nope raiding the trash cans....mom left for a dumpster and didnt come back for hours...eventually there were people around but in the beginning there were literally no people and they were in the front entrance of hotel for a least twenty minutes .......WOW. Eventually the cubs did leave to wait for mom at the creek obviously a routine...but not before people surrounded them...Look for updates. PWG
Ps We will update a cub picture from Cades cuve in the 2011 updates section Gatlinburg will have its own section......PWG check back
By Austin Wildlife Education Updates | May 10, 2010 at 01:19 AM EDT | No Comments
Mothers Day weekend so naturally not a lot of time to hike. However, did get to check up on the Black Bear with 2010 cubs. Although, she is still in the area, determined by her scat. She is moving around even more now. It was determined that she was here this morning but she has decided to move to another location as the day progressed. A good bit of scouting was done but no sighting. Unfortuantely theres not enough time to find her today which gives her plenty of time to establish a pattern that may be hard to track. The only way to find her now when I get to come back will be to really do an all out search or have some luck of draw if she shows up in the early morning close to here again. If anyone has a sighting keep us posted it can help with establishing her pattern.
We did manage to get a shot of a young brut wondering alone on Little River road in some marsh area. Unlike many of the Young this fellow was not very easily spooked. He wasn't very happy to be observed ,however, and who can Blame him. So we only stayed with him for a short period of time. One would assume that this fellow was expelled from his mother last June or July. Black Mother Bears leave there young during mating season of there second year in the Great Smoky Mtns. However, at his size which was fairly small, something out of the ordinary could have happened. Either way he was feeding fine.
By Austin Wildlife Education Updates | May 06, 2010 at 12:43 PM EDT | No Comments
So we loaded up the gear and headed out on an adventure this past week. Friday was a super day as we came upon a Black Bear and her two cubs. We have observed this Bear before, several years ago. However, these are last years cubs and we have not observed them. Interestingly, she still likes her favorite spots and that makes for an easy tracking session. I get the sense she remembers me by the ease she quickly has, but that could be my need to feel that she remembers me. Black Bears are very keen with there senses. There's plenty of sleeping going on, so, much patience is needed to even get pictures of them awake. In addition, they are spending a great bit of time in the trees eating. Fortunately we are able to get a few pictures and we are on our way to find the next wildlife.
Eventually we discover a larger Black Bear with three cubs. She is however much more anxious. This requires much more patience and slower movement. These are last years cubs and she is bothered as if they are her first and or this is there first year. This generally means she has had some type of bad experience. Whether it was with people or some other event. Bears like people have different mood swings too. Either way we were only able to get one good shot of her and none of the cubs shots were successful. Lighting was great which really made this be a big disappointment from a photo standpoint. However, the experience like many others is always enjoyable. We decide to leave her alone and hope to catch up with her later this summer in a better mood.
Next day we decide to check up on the first Black Bear and her cubs to see how close they are to there routine. Perfect timing they are precisely where we thought they would be. However, it does change and when it does you have to figure it out again. Especially as the cubs her older and can move faster and need more food they widen there range.
Shortly afterwards we decide that we need find some of this years cubs and we set off in search. Very luckily we are able to discover this years cubs as we stumble upon a Black Bear with three of 2010 cubs. Great luck too she is an experience mom. She is very relaxed. Unfortunately though she is hanging out in a very low light situation. So we ended up with no keepable pictures. It was very enjoyable to observe the cubs playing. We observed for several hours as they played and the Mom walked around feeding on the ground. We decided to leave as they went to sleep knowing it would be a very long time before they awoke. This trip was not that kind of trip.
We decided the nextday to recheck our first mothers pattern again and it has now changed. However, we are more interested in what the mom with the new borns is up to and time is limited. Storms should be here but they are not and we dont know how luck we will be with the weather. As we are looking for the mom with the new borns we are hoping they will be near there last location. Luckily we did find them not to far. This will also change as time passes and the season gets under way. The cubs are sleeping and mom is so comfortable with us now that she leaves as the cubs are sleeping in the tree. She stays within sight with a long lens and I can see her look back occassionally. Make no mistake about it she would be here in a second if we were to move anywhere near the cubs location. We hold our ground hoping she will comeback soon because time is short. Unfortunately she does not come back and over an hour has past. She has not even started back so we decide it is time to go.
We observed other wildlife during the adventure but i am out of time so maybe later. Feel free to ask questions. Have a Great hike. PWG
By Austin Wildlife Education Updates | April 21, 2010 at 11:58 AM EDT | 1 comment
This year has been tough with the Weather and the problems with Travel. Hopefully I-40 is fixed soon. It prevents travel in and around the Smokies. If you have enjoyed Black Bears and or other Wildlife you can share with the group. Cades Cove will be opening this weekend after the improvements. Paul Hassell plans a Photography Workshop in the Smokies this weekend . If interested visit his site and sign up. See ya PWG
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