The 27 yearling bears currently living at ABR are continuing to thrive.  Most of them are looking very chubby.  Of course, the winter coats they have grown now make them look even bigger than they are, but even taking that “furry bulk” into account, they definitely are  larger, sometimes much larger than they were when they arrived.  Some of them are doubtless in the range of normal yearling weights.

The two smallest yearlings are Skipper Bear, still in Cub House #2, and Cecilia Bear in the Cub Garage, eating her applesauce laced with the antibiotics and pain medication.  Skipper Bear can’t climb a tree when the curator comes to deliver his food, so he hides – the next best way to escape from a human.

Skipper Bear

Skipper Bear hides in the corner of his pen and remains motionless.

Skipper is still a very, very small, cub-sized yearling but he is eating well and he has spirit!

Here is a view of Wild Enclosure #1, showing a few of the eight bears in the enclosure.

Wild Enclosure #1

Wild Enclosure #1 currently has eight yearlings as residents.

One of those bears is Flora Bear.  We have some photos of her.


Flora Bear has a fluffy winter coat.


It looks as though Flora Bear has something to say.


She is a healthy yearling bear. Those chips on her fur may mean that she was in a den.

Otis Bear forages near Flora.  Both of them look healthy and chubby.

Otis and Flora

Otis and Flora Bear forage together.

Let’s visit Wild Enclosure #4 to check on those yearlings.

Three yearlings

Three of the four yearlings in Wild Enclosure #4, hanging out in the trees.

The fourth member of the Wild Enclosure #4 bunch.

Cedar Bear

Cedar Bear is also in Wild Enclosure #4.

Wild Enclosure #4 houses the yearlings that were the smallest before Skipper Bear and Cecilia arrived.


Alonzo Bear is still quite small, but is growing.


Clarence is another small bear.


Cornelius may be the largest of the Wild Enclosure #4 bears, but it’s hard to tell

We are glad that all of these yearling bears are doing so well and will get their second chance at life in the wild.