Finnegan Bear seems to like his new feeder that Curator Coy devised.  We have a photo of him snoozing beside it, having eaten and then fallen asleep before finishing his meal, as little bear cubs do in the wild.  They suckle and snooze throughout the day and night when with their mother.

Finnegan

Finnegan fell asleep while feeding.

Acorn Bear is recovering from her surgery.  Because she is restricted and can not climb to get away, she hides from the curators when she hears them coming.  She still has another week of confinement before she can return to the outdoors.

Acorn

Acorn hides in her culvert den. She does not like humans to come near her.

The other 24 yearlings are enjoying the spring weather, with the grass and leaves that are starting to grow.  Here are some of them, without identification.  It’s hard to tell who is who now!

Yearlings on the ground

Yearlings are spending more time on the ground now.

They are found up in trees, sleeping, or down on the ground, foraging.  The foraging activity is gradually lessening.  Their delayed hyperphagia is over and they are returning to a normal feeding cycle.

Yearlings

Some of the yearlings hang out together.

Yearling and pear

This yearling enjoys a pear. 

Yearling

To climb or not to climb? This yearling is deciding.

We are glad that all of the bears are doing well.  We look forward to releases coming very soon, when the larger yearlings will return to the wild.