Researchers set up a feeding station to keep Hope alive in the wild until wild foods became available and she could forage on her own. They also placed a tiny radio-collar on Hope so they could monitor her movements. Hope thrived. Eventually Hope and Lily crossed paths and reunited on their own. They travelled and foraged together through the late summer and fall, and they denned together in late October.
American black bears normally give birth every 2 years, but Lily was seen with males during last spring's mating season and is likely pregnant. If she gives birth in mid-late January, we will have the rare opportunity of observing a mixed age litter - new cubs and a yearling from last year's litter. How will Hope react to new cubs?
Once again a camera has been placed in her den and we started WildEarth started broadcasting LIVE on December 30th. http://www.wildearth.tv/lily-black-bear-den Bill Powers and his Pix Controller team provided the equipment and have put a camera outside of the den this time as well that can pan,tilt and zoom. This will be excellent to see whats going on outside and also when Lily starts to go out and about.
To learn more about bears and this bear research visit the North American Bear Center atwww.bear.org/website/ and the Wildlife Research Institute at www.bearstudy.org.