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EMERGENCE | by Larry W Brown
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Black Bear, Sow - Shenandoah National Park, Virginia


What time is it? It's finally BEAR:30! After several days of searching, yesterday (Tuesday April 19th) produced my first bear encounters of 2011 (one lethargic sow with a tiny cub, plus a very lethargic 2-3 year old).


Although there is not much vegetation yet for the bears to feed on, there are some western facing slopes with fair amounts of catkins, a preferred food source in early Spring (catkins are the male bloom of several tree species, but particularly oaks in this area).


This encounter couldn't have come at a better time - the first crew from Wild Horizons are currently in the park filming and it was their hopes to capture the spring emergence of black bear sows with tiny cubs. This was perfect timing and a great start to their visit! Although she kept her cub mostly concealed it did provide a few peeks every now and then.



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Taken on April 19, 2011