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Friday, February 5, 2010

Lily the Black Bear and her cub, sightings on Feb 2 and 3




Lily is a wild Black Bear who at 3 years old had her first cub on Friday, January 22, 2010. This video is a short clip of the first full body viewing on February 3, 2010 at 10:54 CST Cubs are born hairless and weigh only 1/2 to 1 lb at birth. This cub will stay with it's mother for about 17 months, hibernating with her next winter. A long-term study of black bear ecology and behavior is being conducted by the Wildlife Research Institute http://www.bearstudy.org near Ely, Minnesota, less than 30 miles from the Canadian border. On January 8th, a PixController video camera was installed in Lily's den by trusted researchers. The incredible show of trust by Lily is demonstrated in the cam installation video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCxTyH... At night, passive infrared light allows us to watch Lily 24/7 without disturbing her. Thousands of people watch Lily as she labored and gave birth and the numbers grow as more people learn of this rare insight into the life of the amazing black bear. Visit the Bear Center's website to watch the live cam feed. Please, remember to donate at www.bear.org to help with this incredible research program.


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