Yesterday Eli, John and I had a once in a lifetime experience. The DEC knew of a collared bear who had a den here on the tree farm. Probably about a half mile from our house, within site. The same spot that Eli and John shot a deer this fall and the same spot I sat in a ground blind twice. It doesn’t make me uneasy, it leaves me in awe.
The DEC came in and tranquilized the mother. The Seneca Park Zoo came in to assess her health, and a Bear Management class from a local college came to assess the cubs, take measurements and micro-chip them. Mama also got a new collar.
But before all that official stuff happened, we got a once in a lifetime experience. Holding a baby bear. Climbing up the brush pile and looking down in at a sleeping mama. Amazing.
Where’s Summer you ask? Her class had a field trip and we let her make her own decision. It was a tough one for us to let go, but she was happy in the end. Ok, a little tearful when she saw the pictures. I’m not even going to think about how she’ll feel about it in 5 years….