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Black Bear Mother and Cub of the Year

The fall has not deterred this cub's love of climbing. His/her mother is a young sow who occupies the territory of a longtime Yellowstone favorite: Rosie. Rosie has not been seen this year and is presumed dead. The park rangers believe that this sow is Rosie's daughter, because she occupies the same territory, and "acts like Rosie". Having never seen Rosie, I would not presume to disagree. They are also certain that this cub is her first.

What I have observed beyond any question is that that this sow absolutely adores her cub. She constantly interrupts her feeding to nuzzle him. Since he has no siblings, she fills the role of playmate as well. Here, she has climbed up the dead snag apparently to rub noses, and for no other reason that I can see.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
1/320s f/8.0 at 800.0mm iso1250 full exif

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Ann Pettigrew07-Jul-2010 03:19
Hal, this is an amazing shot! We love Yellowstone and this reminds me why!
Hank Vander Velde17-Jun-2010 23:13
Fantastic image Hal. Nice info too. Thanks for sharing.
Guest 17-Jun-2010 21:59
Awesome capture, Hal. Wonderful behavioral capture. BV
Tom Munson17-Jun-2010 04:08
Fantastic interaction between the sow and cub! A wonderful image, Hal!