No, the title doesn’t mean that Milo Bear has taken advantage of the curators’ diligent efforts to tempt him and prepare for his release.  It is simply a statement that it IS time (past time, in fact) for the little yearling to return to the wild.  Milo seems to have a mind of his own and a very stubborn streak.  He spends most of his time in the trees, coming down to forage when he wants to eat.  Of course, he finds natural foods like leaves and insects right up there in the tree, but he does come down now and then to partake of the fruits and nuts that are provided by the curators.  In fact, through the eye of a trail cam he has been seen sneaking into the Acclimation Pen to snatch a pear or other treat, and then hastily returning to his tree before the gate can be closed.

Here is how he looks most of the time.


Milo Bear in a favorite tree.

A new idea was tried.  Curator Rick and some board members decided to try a culvert trap.

Culvert trap

Curator and Board members, moving a large culvert trap in hopes of catching Milo.

The culvert trap “weighed a ton,” according to their reports.

Moving the trap

The men sweated and strained under the weight of the trap.

After they moved it into place, they placed tasty morsels inside as bait.

Baited trap

The trap was baited with “irresistible” treats, and the treats were covered.

Disguised trap

The trap was completely covered with branches and foliage to disguise it.

They were sure that this would lure a curious yearling and result in his capture.


Milo was unimpressed and stayed put in his tree.

They are “back at the drawing board,” trying to think of another way to capture the stubborn Milo.  We’re sure that eventually they will win out.  The question is: When?