Welcome to the LTWC main webcam page. At the bottom of this page are links to our 9 webcams. To see all 9 webcams on one page, click “play” on the screen below.

Help support these webcams by making a donation! Simply click the “donate” button on the right of the screen.

Feel free to join the discussion using the comments section below!

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Cam 1: Bear Cub Play Area

Cam 2: Bear Cub Feeding Area

Cam 3: Bear Cub Sleeping Area

Cam 4: Bobcat Enclosure

Cam 5: Raccoon Enclosure

Cam 6: Flight Area

Cam 7: River Otter South Side Play Area

Cam 8: Ravens

Cam 9: East Side MEW Eagle Enclosure

320 Responses to Webcams

  1. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Cams 7 and 8 are the raccoon house. Cams 1-3 are Bear House which has no residents. Many bear cubs have played together, and grown over the years in that space! Two small sibling bears are in the Bobcat House. As of last night, there was an otter who looks only to Tom for care, a tiny chipmunk, two adorable squirrels, a bat in the bathtub whose wing membrane got torn and is healing, various large birds, and a terribly cute coyote pup who was perhaps stunned by a car. He will be taken back where he was found and will find his den and have stories to tell . . . a wonderful supper including a mouse and wiener pieces!

  2. Mimi at Tahoe says:
    A friend sent me a story about a cub abandoned by his mom so she could go off with a new male partner. The cub was adopted by another mom bear who had a cub of her own. That story was diluted by “Newer”. This link is the original article. Alaska. Grizzlies. Most interesting! With a picture of the actual bears!

  3. KC says:

    ok on Facebook someone said that Cinder has a red ear tag, Tahoe has the red ear tag on the right ear. Cinder does not have a tag. Her ears looked burned. Have yet to see a tag, there is no mistaking which bear she is. :-)

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      Cinder does NOT have an ear tag as it is not needed to identify her. Tahoe has a red tag in her right ear. Paradise 1 has a red tag in her left ear but that might be missing as I seem to remember sweeping an ear tag up in the cleanup a few weeks ago!

      • KC says:

        Thank you Denise know the females have the red tags and Tahoe & Paradise (F) were the only ones that had them. Cinder is a female but was never tagged. I have a list of the bears tags and colors :-) just can’t always see them on the bears.

  4. KC says:

    Go to news at the top of page The Quill will show up to the right will be the archives click on that. You will see all kinds of information from the past. Mimi the animal I think you were taking about was a Marmot it was on camera 9.

    • Mimi at Tahoe says:

      KC, your’re brilliant! Many thanks because those archived Quills are so informative! Yes, marmot. I saw it and remembered it was a creature whose fur was used to make whole coats. Well, not this one!

      • Rebecca Clare says:

        Thank you so much, both of you. I’ve been reading through all the archives. It’s so lovely to be able to watch from so very far away.

  5. Rebecca Clare says:

    I keep randomly seeing some lovely birds in the areas that don’t have regular webcams. I’d be interested to know what animals you are currently taking care of aside from those on camera. Is there a section of the website or a blog that covers that at all?

    • Mimi at Tahoe says:

      Hi, Rebecca! For a quick answer which others may add to . . . just go clicking on the pictures to see some wonderments like how to feed a whole family of baby bats! I don’t know a lot, moved here 3 years ago to take the training and try to help. You might click around and find archived issues of The Quill, a quarterly newsletter. There I think you’ll find accountings of all the creatures brought in, how many fully rehabbed and released, adults and babies, how many were DOA, etc. Also there are special articles in The Quill about all aspects of this work. In July I saw lots of Steller’s Jays, songbirds, a raft of raccoons, different kinds of squirrels up in the warm room, a little guy not fully identified but similar to a squirrel, several very large birds. They’re kept track of because the stats have to be reported. It changes from day to day. We love them and then they’re moved on. Even volunteers who come in once or twice a week will be asking, “What happened to . . . ” some creature they fed only last week. It’s a crazy, frantic business where the creatures absolutely come first and documenting the adventure is down the list. Tom Millham posts up-to-the minute info on FaceBook sometimes. In another month, almost everybody (including volunteers) will have been released except for bears of course, who will begin to “den”. Enjoy!

    • Mimi at Tahoe says:

      Well, Rebecca, I don’t see the archived copies of the Quill on the website. I pulled out my copy of the Winter 2010-11 issue which includes the annual report for 2010. This shows 57 different species of birds, 19 species of mammals, a garter snake and a rubber snake. Total wildlife cared for: 712; expired, euthanized, EOA and DOA: 296; released, transferred and permanent care: 416. Different organizations calculate differently. The release rate for this year is 58% which sounds low. I think we’ve gotten well over 60% other years. You can become a member and receive these great newsletters in the mail. Each season is different. Other years there have been bobcats, river otters, bats, a mink, a coyote . . .

  6. Kim says:

    Been reading about a chipmunk running around in Cinder’s quarters, just logged in and saw her up on her loft looking entertained by something down below, and there the little thing was, running around eating and stealing her food… How cute! Cinder has a lil buddy!

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      We’re having a bit of a Chipmunk explosion this year & they are EVERYWHERE! Obviously this is one of the smarter ones!

      • Kim says:

        Looked like a cat and mouse game there for a minute, she was up and down from her loft … not so sure she likes the thing eating her food, perhaps she’s protective/greedy over her munchies or maybe she simply wants to get a closer look at the little guy :)

  7. Robin Hunt says:

    Omg!!! Totally addicted to the bear cams, & so thankful for them. It so interesting to see the interaction between them all. And at all hours of the day & night! Thank you for allowing us all to watch!!!

  8. Bobbie D. says:

    Thanks for the update and getting the cameras going again to see all the new cubs.

  9. Bobbie D. says:

    Hey Tom or Denise, what is happening with the cameras? They have been down for over a week and I for one am going through cub withdrawals!!!! Hope they are fixed before baby Tahoe grows up.

    • Kelly says:

      I know I miss Baby Tahoe Cub.

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      Hey everyone- cameras should be up & running soon! Been very busy playing ” musical animals” moving everyone from cage to cage to make room for new arrivals! Should have some ” cub updates” soon! Stay tued!

      • KC says:

        thank you Denise for posting this. I’ve seen some of the animals you’ve been juggling around :-) Looking forward to the cameras being back up. Thank you to Bruce and everyone.

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  11. Bobbie D. says:

    What is happening with the cameras? They have been down since yesterday.

    • Denise says:

      Our new cub in the Raccoon enclosure has been busy tearing down cameras ( like all our bear cubs seem to do!) We’re working on finding a new camera location he can’t access but at this age they’re like spider monkeys so it’s a difficult process!

  12. DLY says:

    Where are Chips & Sierra these days? Also, Webcam 0 (the composite webcam for all screens) seems off these days.

  13. Ray in Shingletown says:

    Bear meets Nishanto

  14. Vicki E - Tucson, AZ says:

    Tom, could I get some advertising, flyers or something from LTWC? I am trying to get into the local craft fairs to sell my jewelry and I want to donate some of my proceeds to LTWC and I am wanting something to display so the folks will know where it is going. I will also be donating to a local Animal Emergency Care Fund that a friend has just started for emergency pet care locally. So, if you could get something to me, I would really appreciate it. The first craft fair is November 24 and 25th.

    Thanks so much in advance!

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  16. Tom Millham says:

    Good Tuesday afternoon,

    Bruce was just here and we moved a couple of the cameras. First of all, as you ‘should’ know by now, the river otter is now at the Sonoma Wildlife Rescue in Petaluma. She is now with another otter (a male). They are having a WONDERFUL time together. You can see a video of them together – for the first time – at

    Also, we have put Chips out in the coyote cage – – durig the warmer, daylight hours. Not for the whole day, but for a few hours at a time. She is on Cam8. The camera is a wide angle, so you might have to ‘really’ look to see her, or just wait until she starts walking – or running – around. The camera which ‘was’ on the river otter compound, is now overlooking the entire back yard, so you can see when we have activity. We will try to keep you up to date with any changes we make, as well anything new happenng around Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. Have a great day.
    Also, check out our Facebook page.

  17. Bruce Richards says:

    Hey LTWC Smartphone users,

    You can access the LTWC webcams from your smartphone. Just download and install the “UStream” app from the Android or iPhone store. Once you’ve opened the app press the “search” button and enter “LTWC” in the search field. The search will give you a list of all the LTWC webcams. They’re listed in order of most to fewest viewers, so you’ll need to look for the camera number, like Cam6, to find a particular camera. Select the camera you want, press “watch”, and you’re online with that webcam.

    The best part of the smartphone app is there are very few advertisements in the video stream – at least for now.

    Enjoy the webcams and donate to our cause if you can!

    Bruce – the LTWC webcam guy.

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  19. LTWC says:

    Hi again,
    Well, you may notice that we’ve made some changes to the webcam page. First of all, the cam you see on this page is no longer of the bear cub play area, but of all 9 of LTWC’s new webcams. You can use the links below the webcam screen to go to any of the 9 webcams (you can also use the navigation bar at the top of the website — just hover over “Webcams” on the far right to bring up the list of cams).

    This means that you can still see the bear cubs when they’re in the play area, but also when they’re in the feeding area or sleeping area. You can also see the river otter, bobcat kitten, raccoons, ravens, eagle or the flight area!

    Many, many thanks to Bruce Richards for setting up the cams and and the streaming service.

    (Note: the bear cub play area cam appears to be down right now; I’ve alerted Bruce, so hopefully it will be back up soon…in the meantime, now’s a great time to check out the other cams!)


  20. LTWC says:

    Hi everyone,
    I’m doing some work on the webcam page — the cams will not be available for a few minutes. Hang tight!


  21. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    The light is bright, so we have what looks like a white bear cub poking in a white wading pool. Actually a couple of bears. Probably they’ve been given crawdads or live fish in the little pool. Hard to see. For anyone who thought they tore up their pool, yes, it is actually a torn up pool layered with an identical pool in better condition. Still talking about bears and animals, I wish to heaven we had never gone to FB! It is so full of total nonsense and some very sad pictures of dead bears. Bobbie D. said she had nightmares! Much on the Wall of Shame is not credited — just put out there to make people sick. They’re preaching to the choir! We in the choir need to stay positive so we can sing our little song and love the animals who are alive. Rehabbers and pet-lovers are a world-wide network pulling together. Then we have activists who know the legal ropes and can holler in the streets and write letters. I for one don’t want to see sad pictures, unless it is some critter we are helping. Enuf! Down from soapbox!

    • Sharon from So Cal says:

      Light is still very bright in Cubbys’ room, can’t see them very well. But they all five appear to be napping on the shelf in back right now. And they’re beginning to stir around, sometimes a little head pops up and goes quickly back down to rest more. So very cute. And the inner pool looks even more thrashed now!!!!!! They must have been busy with it today!!!!! I don’t like to see the sad pictures either so don’t go there. Thanks to all those who work so hard to make a difference in these little cubbys’ lives.

  22. LTWC says:

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks so much for all the messages about the spam – I’ve been on vacation for the past few days…which the spammers apparently sensed! :) The spam is gone for now, but it does look like it’s is increasing again. Please avoid clicking any links in a post from someone you don’t recognize, and I’ll look into upgrading our anti-spam approach.


  23. Sue Horst says:

    Spammers – ugh…
    Now Dick wants everyone to shed those extra pounds.
    Doesn’t he know LTWC is trying to fatten everyone up?
    May not be appropriate but sometimes a person’s name says it all.
    Just sayin’.

    • Sue Morneau says:

      Very funny Sue – thanks for the laugh !

    • Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

      Sue, you have my permission to make any jokes you feel like! Thank you, Karen! My hawk friend is alive and coming along. Dr. W. visited last night. Cheryl did say my voice would be an irritant to an animal! Oh, heck!

  24. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    I don’t seem to have Karen Johnson’s email addy, but I’ve messaged her on FB to please remove the spam. Now we have 4. . . . The blue pool is back with some strange light effects, probably fish? i’ll be back there tonight to check on “my” friend the hawk! Pray for Redding area fires to spare all the life that lives there.

  25. Moya says:

    Oh do the bears love crawdads they made short work of them! then the pool got torn to shreds. I think that is Bear for “more crawdads please”.

  26. Sue Horst says:

    No cubs, 3 spammers, and everything I need to learn about a sleep number mattress .
    The new view is great but not any action.
    What is the deal with the spammers? Why do they bother? Please go away.
    Pray for bears and all wildlife and human life who are in great danger right now with the huge fires in Shasta County,
    Say a special prayer to keep our firefighters safe.

    • Cecilia says:

      Sue, I kind of want to start a prayer chain for all the fires that are going on up there but everytime i see a post there i repost so that i may add a prayer and hope that someone else will keep the prayer going.

  27. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    HELP! We now have three pieces of spam in here — Leora, Rafaela and Deloras.

  28. Vicky says:

    WOW ! lots of activity in here right now it appears that they are eating. Cubs are getting bigger every day. :)

  29. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    The bears take an afternoon nap usually on one of the high shelves — all together! At least one nap. It’s still muggy and warm. At the moment they seem to be waking up. Yesterday I got to bring a Red-Tail Hawk back from Homewood. Jo and Denise worked on him. I had sung to him all the way back in a terrific rainstorm. Thinking that animals get the pictures in our minds, I told him about LTWC, all the animals, the mice raised just to feed the big birds like him and the eagles. Oh, gee, I did go on! I stayed to watch Jo pinch his breast and say he was dehydrated and hungry. Wings okay. A young bird and quite handsome, but no “fight” in him/her. They put a tube down one side of his throat and gave him 50 cc of what looked like caffe latte! Something called Nutri-cal. Then back in the carrier on newspapers and a carpet sample. He lay there flat out like a beanie-baby. Jo folded a towel into a donut to support his breast and sides. We were talking and Jo told me to turn around. In less than 10 minutes that beautiful bird was sitting up and taking interest. His eyes said, “Thank you!” We promised him a mouse if he would just poop!

    • Angie says:

      What a great story Mimi. Hope he/she continues to strive so it can be released.

      • Bobbie D (Central CA) says:

        Good job on transporting the red tail Mimi and I sure hope he/she is much better today. There is a good picture of her/him on the Bear League facebook page.
        Yesterday the cubs seemed to hudle during the Thunder storm that you guys had up there. It sort of reminded me of Yosemite girl and the 5 cubs when they would hudle together on the shelf.

  30. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Hi, Sharon, Angie, Linda! The volunteer schedule is 6 to 9 p.m. right now. As it gets dark earlier, volunteers will come in at 5. The cleaning and last feeding takes about 2 hours total. So the cubs would be getting anxious about supper between 5 and 6. I think this warm and humid weather is bothering them as much as it is us. Their playroom is pleasant, but not the other rooms, especially with poop and pits and rinds all over. They know this rhythm, but not that “people” are behind it. And every year there’s an activist among them who thinks banging on the door will help bring it sooner! . . . I talked with Cheryl yesterday. She asked me to transport some birds who need help. I called back and she’d gotten someone else. I said, “Welcome back!” and she giggled and said she’s not back. She’s still on her holiday — I’ve no idea where! — but doing the phones for LTWC! I imagined her stretched out on a chaise longue beside a pool and palm trees, sipping lemonade . . .

    • Sharon from So Cal says:

      Thanks for that info. That expains the restlessness. Just now I watched all five bears sort of milling around on the back log shelf. Three were on their hind legs exploring the wooden wall behind them. Then they all crowded together on the right side of the shelf and one of them got pushed off onto the slanted log. He went a little ways down, turned around and watched the others a while and then ambled down to the floor. Very unusual to see them all crowded together in one spot for so long.

  31. Sharon from So Cal says:

    The babies are restless this evening. Four of them are climbing in and out of their little square pond in the corner and looking all around, maybe for water or fish???? And then they all went into the “bedroom” for a little while and then four came back out and over to the pool again, climbing in and out. The fifth one came out of the “bedroom” and stopped at the door and appeared to be licking something on the wall there. Maybe it’s dinner time and they’re getting impatient. Wish there was sound so we could hear them too!!! :)

  32. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Bears look good today! One in pool, one walking around. Hi, Angie! The cub who was stuck must’ve gotten down because all five were where they belonged last night when I went there. They cried and complained and almost knocked down the door. This cry sounds like an emphatic groan, not like they’re hurting. It was a dirty trick to give them only four fresh fish! We made up for that with treats, tho. Thank you, Barry and Draven! DELORAS and RAFAELA are spam — bad English and way off topic!

    • Angie says:

      Hi Mimi,
      I saw you and someone else in there last night, so the little cub must have gotten down on it’s own just before you entered. Wished I stayed on a little longer and would have seen how he/she did it. Bear Hugs

      • Sharon Wasson, from So Cal says:

        Oh, I was watching the little guy who was stuck up on the wall yesterday too. And I did see him get down. He kept trying to figure out how to reach the log behind him and was all stretched out with front paws hanging on for dear life. I think he got tired and finally just let go and dropped to the floor. He landed on his back feet, quickly recovered himself, looked around and waddled off into the “bedroom.” I was holding my breath for him, but he seemed OK as he walked along so I think he was none the worse for his harrowing experience!!!!!!! :)

  33. Angie says:

    Three cubs are on the floor eating/playing. One is playing with the red apple on-a-rope.
    But the fifth cub is way up high on the upper right side. Looks like he is having a problem trying to figure out how to get down. Hard to watch hope he does not fall. By the way, this new camera is GREAT.

  34. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Okay, we have more spam here. And no bears at all. No picture last evening and none right now. ?Que paso? I think I’ll drive out there and see for myself this evening! Prob’ly a good idea as I’m scheduled to. Will let you know.

  35. Linda, Redding, CA. says:

    G’morning to all the bear cub watchers out there!

    There are 5 cubs, up early, and playing. One was even in the water. Maybe they are making the most of the cooler morning. They are fun to watch! Thank you LTWC.

  36. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    All five cubs are sitting around waiting for Housekeeping to come sweep and leave their supper. Earlier they were rasseling. Lots of poop deposits on the floor.

  37. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Earlier a bear was stirring the water with his left paw and observing the ripples. So is he left-pawed? No bear activity at the moment. Listen for the a.m./p.m. ad that sounds like rude burps and turns out to be guys playing Beethoven’s Fifth on the drink machines. Great fun!

  38. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Bears going about their bear business! Fresh water in the pool. This camera makes their legs look longer, and they don’t look as roly-poly as with the other set-up. Midday and morning light makes strange effects. Afternoon more real. Today’s ad is for the Mormons.

  39. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Four cubs up top — two rasseling and two trying to prolong their nap. Three animal stories in the August 8-9 Tahoe Daily Tribune. First a story about a pregnant doe shot by poachers. She was carrying twins. Then an editorial about bear awareness by Mark Kenyon, bear program coordinator for California Fish and Game. And then a letter to the editor from our own bear friend, Willow Allie of Tracy, California.

  40. Marcia H says:

    Keep us updated, Mimi. Heading off to Alaska for 2 wks. Will be checking on the kids though.

  41. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Thank you, Willow and Sue! I’ll be your cub reporter any day! Now the cubs are in and out of the pool. Don’t see fish. No wonder the pool gets dirty! Well, we’re supposed to have a warming trend… Recent ads have been Toyota, Marriott, and a school that issues a degree in fish and wildlife management! . . . Now they’re rasseling again, with one defending the pool! They’re certainly peppy!

  42. Willow says:

    Two cubs snuggled together on the top shelf, the other two playing. Thank you Mimi for the updates!

  43. Sue Horst says:

    I want to thank Mimi for her entries on the blog. I appreciate her keeping us informed about LTWC.
    Her job as ‘cub reporter’ makes me feel like I am almost there… well except I can’t smell the crisp mountain air or the bear enclosure.

  44. Marcia H says:

    I’m so glad the open house was such a success. The new webcam is great. I just saw 4 cubs playing. They look so healthy. Thank you Tom and Cheryl for all your hard work.

  45. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Oh, wow! A new ad for Morningstar veggie burgers! I love it! But no bears in sight. Probably napping. What a great open house we had yesterday — over a thousand people, not counting the volunteers or animals! Way to go, Tom and Cheryl! One visitor suggested in future we should clarify that the bears Jackie was selling were already paid for by Jackie, so the entire amount would go to LTWC! Oooh, there’s a cub in the tire! Another happy day for the bear cubs!

  46. Sue Horst says:

    Correct me if I am wrong but I am having a bit of a problem with the opening ad for the web cam. With all that is going on it troubles me that the ad is showing hunting with guns and bow and arrows (many arrows) and you see the hunters and then the next scene you see a bear going after a fish.

    • Kat says:

      Hmm not seen that ad.

    • Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

      Yeah, Sue, I just saw it. Too bad. Some business in Alaska. At least the bear got away! The others I’ve seen were quite innocent. What happened to me at first is that the ad would come on periodically when I left the webcam on my computer and went off to do something else. I’d hear talking . . . Love to see you today!

    • Bruce Richards says:

      Our streaming service, Ustream, inserts semi-random advertisements and rotates through them as the stream plays. We have no say on the ads they post and for the most part they’re benign. But, occasionally we’ll get one that’s out of context for our content like the example spotted here. We’re hoping that the eight new cameras that we’re bringing online later this month will create enough donations for us to afford to eliminate the ads. But for now, the ads are the only financially feasible way for us to increase the quality and availability of our webcam service.

  47. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    … Tom must’ve cleaned the playroom very quickly. Now he’s placed the marshmallow treats all over and audaciously faced the camera and popped one in his own mouth. Here comes the volunteer with a lot more fish to dump in the pool. They leave and HERE COME THE BEARS! Whee! Back to normal. Whatever this system says, this and the other post have happened between 6:15 and 7:07 p.m. Happy weekend, everybody! Happy Open House!

    • Alyssa Rodriguez says:

      Hi Mimi i was wondering because i will be attending the open house tomorrow morning and i was wanting to see like will we be able to pet the bear cubs? or we can just look at them? Im so excited for the open house tomorrow i cant wait(:

      • Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

        Alyssa, I hope you aren’t disappointed, but the best you’ll get to do is watch on the camera and give them cyber-hugs or white light or whatever you call love from a distance. The only people who touch, carry or cuddle the cubs are the veterinarian and workers — and only those times when the cub is sedated! I had “Mendi” climb on a chair beside me once, and her wildness freaked me out — believe it or not but I could not touch her! Bear fur is rough anyway. The inner doors of the bear house have windows that are very small and sort of cloudy. People do go in the bear house, but usually when the bears are in the “other” room. We aren’t afraid of them, but they must not get the idea that we are their friends!!! This explains the electric “guillotine door” that operates between rooms. The bears know somebody is doing stuff and leaving food, etc. but they don’t connect that with people.

  48. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    A few minutes ago a cub was climbing the wall. For quite a while he was in the upper right corner of the screen. He would start to come down, then look down and it looked like he could see how far it was, and like anybody, he was afraid to jump! I was wondering if he would get help from anywhere. The door opened and there was Tom! He and a volunteer did just a few things. Tom dumped the pool water and refilled the pool. The volunteer came in with tools, but evidently there was little poop to pick up. She came back with fresh fish for the pool. All this time, another bear was on the upper shelf just watching. And the bear on the wall climbed clear up out of view. Now Tom has returned with a folding ladder. He didn’t unfold it but just leaned it against the wall and closed the door. This is probably enough to help the wall-climber get back down. And now the other cubs are investigating this interesting new development. All this has been going on for at least 15 minutes. Tom keeps opening the door to check. Okay, here comes the little wall-climber. A right back foot reaching down into thin air. This is better than the Olympics! The door opens a crack and closes. Come on, cub! Your mom might say you got yourself up there, so get yourself down! But that guy put a ladder for you! Come on, baby! You can do this! … Now it’s been nearly half an hour, and the kid has still not come down. I’m going to post this and hope to finish this great drama in another post! Well, the system didn’t take these comments. Lucky I copied them. Back to the picture to see our cub resting on the yellow top of the green ladder. He hops over to the log, looks around, curious about the ladder, and finally makes his way down the log. Tom opens the door, looks around, looks up at the camera and raises his hands in a victory sign! . . . Now the ladder is gone and the big guy is back to the less exciting business of removing poop. Wow! Life in the fast lane! Thank you, Tom!

  49. Linda, Redding, CA. says:

    The playroom was just cleaned and all the treats put out. Once the door goes up, those cubs rush in to find their treats. One cub got a fish and took it up on the high shelf to be alone and eat the treasure. They are so fun to watch! I LOVE THE NEW CAM PICTURE!!!!
    Lonny and I have a destination for a motorcycle ride! Would be fun to be there for a day or two…again!
    OPEN HOUSE in a few days! I know it will be well attended, and hopefully, educate some people about wild animals and how we can live with them.
    THANK YOU to all the volunteers that help at LTWC on a daily basis. Learn and experience all that you can.
    Bear Hugs!
    STB to some!

  50. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Thank you, Cecilia! Wait til you see them on the edge of the concrete pool and leaning w-a-a-a-ay out to investigate a fish! Those little bodies are so strong! They have quite a balanced routine of hard play, fooling around, napping, two big meals — and without Tom or Cheryl ringing a bell or nagging them like kids! That said, they keep an eye on this camera and will trek out there in their jammies to make sure all is well.

  51. Kat says:

    All the cubs on cam, so fun! An adorable one I want to cuddle trying to sleep up top as his foot keeps slipping and waking him, the gymnastic bear who can climb anything and is jumping from tire to log and back, making me gasp. Love the new cam :)

    • Cecilia says:

      this new cam is great! do understand what you mean Kat about gasping i feel like a mom at the park watching them, i never knew they could climb and jump like that, they are great at it, but i still want to tell them to be careful, just the mom in me i guess, lol.

  52. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    What a strange picture! Looks like the door is open and maybe it’s raining! I know it’s not raining! Not off-topic, late last night our NBC channel in Reno, KRNV channel 4, had a news spot about another bear, known fondly as “Sunny” killed in Homewood. People on FB went postal with anger and frustration. See Wall of Shame and Bear League. They published the perp’s name and address. This guy allegedly set a cooler of food out on the beach for the bear and then went out there with his shotgun. The TV news story suggested that it’s illegal to post names and addresses and threats on FB, but it seems to me somebody has to speak up for the animals, whether your neighbor is beating his dog or other creatures are meeting with mishaps way too often. I thanked Channel 4 for the story and told them the bear situation is a whole lot bigger than that, etc. I have also prayed a lot and vowed not to badmouth (anymore) any of the people involved in any aspect of this. I asked that the bears be inspired to avoid buildings and people no matter how enticing! The angels are happy to do this! God bless! Thank goodness our L’il Smokiey is literally in the boondocks!

    • Cecilia says:

      Mimi, you are so right about our anger and our badmouthing but so much bad has happened with our bears there and it seems no one is pay attention or even listening, and after all said and done our bears are still being killed so i agree with you I know there is power in prayer and I will continue to pray for peace in this situation. and yes our Lil Smokey is where ever he is living a happy life and for that I personally am very thankful.

  53. LTWC says:

    Good morning!

    We have some exciting news to share: will soon have 9 video cameras, showing 9 different animal enclosures!

    With the new webcams, you’ll still be able to see what the bear cubs are up to. But you’ll also be able to check in on the river otter, the raccoons, bobcat kittens and birds! Plus, the new webcams will have a bigger and better-quality picture.

    With the new webcam service, you’ll have to watch a brief ad for a few seconds before you can watch the webcams. A banner ad will also come up at the bottom of the video screen (it’s removable – just click the “X” in the top right corner to get rid of it).

    Tonight, we will be switching this webcam over to the new bear enclosure webcam. You can preview the new webcam here:

    Although no one likes to watch ads, they will allow us to host the 9 webcams for less money than we currently pay for the single webcam. That means more funds that can go to helping injured and orphaned wildlife! However, even with these ads, we still need to pay for bandwidth and equipment. So if you can afford to make a donation to help us keep the webcams going, please do so here: All 9 webcams will be free to watch for the rest of this season, but we may find that we need to charge a fee in the future.

    As always, feel free to let me know if you have any questions or trouble with the new webcams — you can contact me at karen {at} ltwc {dot} org. Thanks! :)


  54. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:
    I emailed the reporter about two weeks ago asking for clarity on this issue. The article brings up all kinds of stuff I didn’t know about, and some of which I don’t believe yet! If these cubs were their precious kids, they would find a way to make it work better! Anyway, a good story with quotes from Tom Millham!!! Oh, and the website from Hermine really is insanely cute animals in the UK! [Ours are cuter!]

  55. Willow says:

    What a great reunion! Thank you Cheryl & Tom for making it so special! Also, a special thank you to Jo! We really appreciated what you did for us! It was the best reunion ever! Alot of treasured memories!

    • Linda, Redding, CA. says:

      Yes, and Willow is already doing a countdown for Li’l Smokey Reunion #5!!!!

      Thank you, Tom and Cheryl, for a very special reunion and all the activities. I’m still in awe of how we all met online, on the blog and became friends and then family.

      To all the volunteers that help out every day, thank you. I hope the love Cheryl has for “her kids” rubs off on each of you (and us). They have a second chance at life because you care.

      Bear Hugs!
      STB’s too some!

      • Bobbie D (Central Valley CA) says:

        I second that Linda and I agree with Willow on starting the count down until Lil Smokey reunion #5. The sooner we know when and where the easier it is to make plans……..

        Vicki you were missed and I hope you make it next year

  56. Marcia H says:

    Cheryl and Tom – Thank you both so much for all your hard work to make sure we all had such a great time.

  57. Vicki E - Tucson, AZ says:

    Cubbies are really enjoying their fish!

  58. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Yes, Sue, for me it was the best reunion ever! I had Louis Armstrong singing “What a Wonderful World” in my head all weekend. Well, almost!
    Jean, “your” bears are doing great. Could you possibly come visit us on Sunday, August 5, for open house? This is an annual event and is free, kids welcome, with guided tours and refreshments and T-shirts for sale and just a great time. I think it’s from 10 to 4. You can also sit in the shade. The webcam will soon change and become much better! The cubs often hang out or nap on the upper levels of their rooms. Your little guys are more blond than the others but about the same size and growing every day. So they can hold their own with the two boys and little sister already in there. At supper time, they do sound like they’re killing each other, but they aren’t. They eat whole heads of romaine, pears, nectarines, avocados, watermelon, grapes on the stem, and many other fresh foods. All this is spread out on the clean floor of the other room, so no one bear can hog avocados, for example. Still, they make terrible fierce noises! When they are playing in the play room and one cub is sitting on the shelf playing with the red ball, another bear will walk right in front in a way we would say is rude. But no hard feelings. And they’re no where near sexual maturity, so nothing along those lines. On the new camera set-up you will be able to see them cuddled up quite close on that narrow shelf taking their nap. And watch when fish is put in the pool. Fresh, not-cleaned fish or frozen. Then if you’re lucky enough to be watching when they get live crawdads — oh, boy! At first they think live fish is to play with. Then come the lessons their mom would have taught. All is well in the bear house.

  59. Vicki E - Tucson, AZ says:

    Howdy Family! I am so sorry that I couldn’t make it this year…but…I was thinking of you all, all weekend. Hope you all had tons of fun and lots of (((hugs))) and tears all around. Just know that my thoughts and heart was with you all.

  60. Sue Horst says:

    A wonderful time together at Reunion # 4.
    Words can’t convey how I feel about Tom & Cheryl. To know them is to love them.
    Here is the video we shared Friday night.

  61. Jean Gilbert says:

    How are the 2 cubs from Nevada City doing? All of the neighbors here on Sunrock Road are asking. I know they were de-liced and joined their new friends recently in the bear enclosure. Do all the cubs get along? What do they eat? Why don’t I ever see any cubs on the webcam? We’re so glad our little boys are safe and sound at LTWC. Now they’ll have a real chance at a normal bear life. Thanks!

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  63. Kat says:

    Wow, the 3 bears are so big and pretty/handsome! Still not seem but a glimpse of the new ones

  64. Joanne D says:

    No chocolate bars. The Rice Krispie treats I made are made with Cocoa Rice Krispies & I added some peanut butter. Figured if the bears couldn’t eat them—–the “Bear Sisters & Brothers” could. See you later today——

  65. Vicky says:

    OMG!!.. one of the little guys is in the pool, little feet..
    So darn cute:)

  66. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    One little boy has been having the best time on top of the tire between the ropes. He’s been mostly on his back, stretched clear out with the pretty cross of lighter fur running up his belly and throat and the cross bar on his chest. Then sitting up in a good test of strength. Then looking way to one side and then the other. It looks like his own version of Feldenkreis. And then belly down. He is really really enjoying being a bear! Today it was first cool, then warm and muggy with clouds and thunder. I am still in the dark about the new little critter. I’m already thinking of him as “Job” which — see if you-all think of that when you hear about him. Like Smokes, he so wants a good life and did nothing to deserve the hand dealt to him. Oooh, only one more day and most of you are here!

  67. Tom Millham says:

    Joanne, I just spoke with Cheryl and she said that IF you mix ‘some’ chocolate’ in with the Rice Krispies, so it is like a ‘treat’, that would be OK. We do NOT want to give them a chocolate bar!!! Thanks. See you tomorrow night.


  68. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Joanne, for sure bear-LOVERS enjoy chocolate! Best to give Cheryl a jingle to be sure. Where are the bears? They nap up in the loft in the other room. They also eat over there. And they hang out a lot on the upper shelves of the play room. So this camera doesn’t get a lot of their activity. The webcam is going to change soon so that everyone can see a whole lot more. I went to the board meeting last night and got a real ear full of good plans in the works. So many bright and knowledgeable people donating their time and expertise for this cause! Watch for big news of another deserving critter getting help. So many board meetings are bored meetings — but this was a total upper! Lots to learn, lots to pray about.

  69. Joanne D says:

    Can the bear cubs eat chocolate or is that a “no-no” like it is for dogs? I have cocoa rice krispies & was going to make “treats” but wanted to be sure about the chocolate 1st.

  70. Kat says:

    So where are the bears? I rarely see them anymore. Are they playing above the cams?

  71. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Jean, to clarify, “your” cubs are in the bear house now, with lots more to do and siblings to play with. This morning there were several fresh fish in the pool. Sue, I love to tell people stuff! It’s an effort to sort out what I’m sure about and not create myths or over-explain or violate privacy. I’m going to try to get to the LTWC board meeting tonight. Guess that Smokey t-shirt is proper attire. F&G put him in such deep wilderness in Siskiyou County, I am pretty sure he’s alive and probably passing those good genes onto his own cubs pretty soon. Yay, Smokey!

  72. SC says:

    Remembering this day 4 years ago! Little Smokey was rescued. With his paws bandaged and the good care from Cheryl, Tom and volunteers at LWTC, he was set on the path to a good bear life.

  73. Sue Horst says:

    Mimi thank you for all your posts on what’s going on at LTWC. I really appreciate you taking the time to inform us and I’m sure others do as well.
    Everyone be careful as you make your way to Lake Tahoe.
    #4 is almost here.

  74. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    I’m just back from LTWC. Jean, “your” bears got their special shampoo yesterday and several volunteers went all over them with special combs, supervised by Dr. Willets. Barry came in to help carry the bears. This afternoon I looked in on the kids and saw one of your boys sitting on the shelf in the sun just shining — his fur was so gorgeous! They’re both little boys and more golden than brown. . . . Cheryl showed me a picture of a pitiful cub that “we” might get to rehab. He is thin and mangey looking, probably ringworm, with only tufts of brown fur. Will need special shampoos every other day and lots of building up. Another little bundle of potential wanting to live!

    • Kat says:

      Thanks Mimi, hope the new one does live and thrive regardless of where it ends up. Can’t wait to see the new boys.

    • Jean Gilbert says:

      I’m so thrilled to hear “my” little cubs are doing well. We’re glad they’re being more active by playing and climbing around their space – I’m sure they’ll be happy to join their soon-to-be friends in the bear house. It’s great that the dedicated volunteers at LTWC are giving them special shampoo and grooming sessions to get rid of those nasty lice and ticks. Big thanks to Dr Willets, too! One of the cubs is a bit smaller, more timid and lighter in color than the other – we surmised that one was a female but we were obviously mistaken. I will share your update with all of our neighborhood. It truly was a group effort to rescue these little guys. Thanks so much for keeping us in the loop, Mimi.

  75. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    The reunion begins next Friday, July 20th. Food: I only know the bears love peanut butter and rice krispie marshmallow treats, and all the better if you can get them at Costco. These are used in the playroom, I understand to teach the cubs that good stuff comes from logs! As they smell very well, the smell tempts them back into a fresh clean playroom so the door can be closed and the other two rooms cleaned.

    Jean, “your” bear cubs are doing well. I mentioned one crying. Cheryl thinks they’re just bored with their small space, even though it has amenities. Yesterday morning on camera I noticed they were climbing their tree clear into the rafters, pulling on the rope that holds a ball, interacting on the ramp, and moving fast. Of course once in the bear house with three more cubs, they’ll be over the moon and have a happy childhood. Meanwhile, Cheryl faces giving them shampoos with lice shampoo and then fine-combing their fur! Other cubs have received therapeutic shampoos, but what a job! Sedated, one hopes!
    Yesterday I got to drive up the west shore of the lake and bring back a bunny. Beautiful weather and totally gorgeous drive! Sort of makes up for the Steller’s Jays in the aviary ganging up on me, getting out, stealing the eye-dropper and other mischief! Hard to believe half are little girls, as they act like naughty boys!

  76. Willow says:

    Tom, what kind of food for the animals would you like us to bring up to the reunion?

  77. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    There’s a nice article in the Tahoe Daily Tribune about LTWC with a picture of one of the earlier San Juan cubs. Alyssa, if you live near South Lake Tahoe, do plan to visit for the open house on August 5, the first Sunday in August. I was at the care center yesterday, working about a third as hard as Tom and Cheryl. Cleaning cages, setting up fresh cages for new occupants, cleaning the white plastic grid that goes on the floors of cages so the kids aren’t sitting on cold bare cement. Two baby squirrels escaped through the wires of their cage and tasted freedom in the office upstairs — the little minxes! Golden Mantel squirrels are so darned cute! As for “your” cubs, Jean, one of them was yowling loudly yesterday afternoon. Tom went in the cage and checked to see if his paw was caught or he was in any obvious trouble. Nothing. Maybe the cub was remembering his mom! I asked Cheryl if they look thin. She said probably their fur didn’t come out so thick because they are from a hot weather area. Besides which all those parasites can’t help. Anyway, they are enjoying the raccoon cage and spend a lot of time upstairs on the shelf looking out, and also splashing in their wading pool. Very soon they will join the other three in the bear house. I also got to feed the birds in the aviary yesterday — twice! Forgot how that feels, being absolutely stormed by a couple dozen juvenile Steller’s Jays, pecking at shoes, flying into hair, even onto the hand holding the mug of food! Best job I ever had!

    • Alyssa Rodriguez says:

      Yes Mimi i do live here in South Lake Tahoe and i will be going to the open house on Aug. 5th i cant wait to see all the bear cubs(:

  78. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Heads up, bear lovers! Bear program tonight at 8 on Reno PBS station. About grizzlys in Alaska. Hope you can see this, Sue! I believe all the macho stories about big fierce threatening bears are all about grizzlys — not the somewhat smaller and more peaceable black bears. A bear is not a bear is not a bear! They all need understanding.

  79. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Thank you, Jean, for the excellent news article! Your bears are still in the separate house, exploring, moving a bit faster now. Yesterday I saw they had a huge bunch of red grapes and wedges of watermelon. They spend a lot of time on the high shelf, looking out and also exploring. One cub stood up on his back feet and stretched tall to investigate the sloping ceiling.

    Alyssa, volunteers must take the training given every year the end of May. There are many rules and practices. Even with the training, we make mistakes. The training simply showed me how little I know and thereby great respect for all instructions I get. That said, the whole public is welcome to the open house, first Sunday in August. This is the only time outsiders are welcomed in and shown all around, as it really is not a zoo! Cheryl’s plantings will be at their best. We have guided tours, refreshments, T-shirts, and a lot of animals. Little kids most welcome! Soon after the open house, many of the animals are ready to return to the wild. Their cages will be opened or they will be taken out to a suitable place and joyfully released.

  80. Sue Horst says:

    The California grizzly bear (Ursus californicus) was designated official State Animal in 1953 – more than 30 years after the last one was shot. The grizzly bear is also honored on the California state flag.

    Before the grizzly bear was exterminated in California, this magnificent animal thrived in the great valleys and low mountains of the state (probably in greater numbers than anywhere else in North America).
    As humans began to pour into California, the grizzly would not retreat from advancing civilization. Standing their ground, grizzly bears killed livestock and interfered with settlements. Less than 75 years after the discovery of gold, every grizzly bear in California had been tracked down and killed:

    “The last one was killed in Tulare County in 1922, more than 20 years before the authority to regulate the taking of fish and wildlife was delegated to the California Fish and Game Commission by the State Legislature.”
    – direct quote from California State Library.

    Will our California Black Bears suffer the same fate?

  81. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Okay, Jean, I can see your cubs, the ones with ticks! They’ve climbed a ramp to a little shelf with a view to the outside. One whole wall is plastic and wire. Bears love lofts and shelves! They have a wading pool and a tire or ball swinging from a rope. I can’t see their food, but just know it will be watermelon and even open-faced peanut butter and jam sandwiches if Cheryl is trying to help fill them out! I’m not psychic; we’re testing a new camera set-up; I’m not supposed to talk about it. I go work next week and will check on these kids, report back for you.

  82. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Two bears climbing the log right now — a dark brown one and a blond. I went out to LTWC this afternoon to sign up to help. Tom and Cheryl are super busy. We now have SEVEN bear cubs. Besides Hoopa and the brother and sister, we have two from Nevada City who are full of tics and vermin and have to be isolated until that situation is remedied. And additionally two more cubs whose eventual fate is being decided. Their mom was identified (mistakenly perhaps) as a problem and shot. Something to pray about. The other animals had to be juggled in the cages to make room for everyone. Upstairs are beautiful squirrels and bunnies, one raccoon, a very large bird, and a duckling who got taken downstairs and put in the bathtub where he paddled happily.

    • Linda, Redding, CA. says:

      Mimi….thanks for the update! Four more bear cubs…wow! I can understand how LTWC is so busy. So sad that the mama bear was shot. Did they really know if she was the problem bear?!! Hope all get to stay right where they are…for their second chance at life. See you soon!

    • Jean Gilbert says:

      Mimi, I am one of the homeowners who helped rescue the Nevada City cubs. Working with DFG, we finally captured them in our back yard Thursday night and your great volunteers picked them up on Friday morning. Can you tell us more about their condition? They seemed healthy and alert with bright eyes. Any information you can give will be most appreciated by all of the people here who participated in saving these precious little bears. Thanks for all you do!

      • Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

        Jean, thank you for caring! I know only what I said above. Cheryl is super careful about anything bad getting in with the other animals. Awhile back she had a sick coyote upstairs and put on an extra shirt and used a towel to care for him because coyotes have something that can wipe out raccoons, and there were a family of tiny raccoons in her dining room! “Your” cubs have been checked by the vet and will be kept for rehab. I don’t know what will take to clear them for joining the others in the bear house. At least they have each other, lots of fruit and salad, maybe a log to climb, maybe a loft with pillows. . . and for now some quiet to come to terms with such a big change. God bless!

  83. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    All three cubs playing hard just now. Looks like Hoopa fully enjoying that tire! His little front paws grip the chains really well. He stood up and leaned way back. Then he lay on top of the tire on his back with tummy catching the sun. Then curled inside the tire. Little girl in the pool. They all look blond in the bright sun.

    I am sorry if I offended anyone. Tom and Cheryl will be home tonight or tomorrow. As LTWC has to get along with all the agencies, we may never read in headlines just what happened to “our” bears, but . . . is everyone laying in a stock of hugs and smiles? I invited a guest and she has not answered. Have to give her a jingle, as she’s a local who already loves LTWC.

  84. Linda, Redding, CA. says:

    Humboldt/Hoopa is playing “king of the tire!” He has gotten bigger. Can’t wait to see him (if I get to volunteer in his home). These three cubs have the best second chance at life that can have. THANK YOU to all the volunteers and staff that work day in and day out caring for all the wild critters at LTWC. My life has been blessed by getting to know about LTWC and Cheryl’s love and big HEART for caring for these animals. She calls ’em all “her kids!” Amazing woman! It’s fun to be around people that love animals….wild or domestic.

    See ya soon!
    Bear Hugs!

  85. Willow says:

    Sue hang in there. Some people don’t think before they hit enter. The opinions are not thought out, they can hurt people. We are all here for our love of wildlife. please don’t let one person take that away from all of us.

  86. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    It’s okay, Karen. The password got easier once I realized I have to differentiate between number 1 and lower case l, for example. For sure you have better things to do with your lovely life than read through spam!

    I am re-reading “When animals Speak” by Penelope Smith. The first read I thought her ideas were hokey. Now I’m in awe. More about domestic animals than wild, but most thought-provoking. Lots about what cats are doing when they run away. Energy balance and “spiritual work.” Lots about death and coming back.

    God bless all the animal lovers!

  87. LTWC says:

    Hi Mimi — regarding you comment about the passwords a few days ago:

    Sorry to everyone for the extra step! I know the password is a pain, but it’s there to prevent spammers from commenting.

    We were getting a few hundred spam messages a day before. Our best approach prior to the new password system was to prevent comments from new users from appearing on the site until I could approve them. This meant that I had to go weed through all the spam messages to make sure that I hadn’t missed any legitimate comments. And I did miss them sometimes; and then if I was off for the weekend, someone could post on Friday and not have their comment show up until the following week.

    I thought the new system was the easiest compromise (it has done wonders at preventing spam!). But everyone, please let me know if it’s preventing you from commenting or using the site as much as you’d like. You can always email me at karen (at) ltwc (dot) org. In the meantime, I’ll keep looking for a better solution that’s easier to use.


  88. Sue Horst says:

    Not feeling so good about a few recent comments on the blog.
    I think it might be best to take a leave of absence.

  89. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    At the moment, all three cubs are sitting in front of the electric door. Are they expecting it to open and breakfast to be served? Last year one of the cubs stood on his hind legs and banged repeatedly on that door, convinced that his efforts would make it open! Linda, the sibling cubs are a darker brown than little Hoopa, so Hoopa looks blond by comparison. Yes, the reunion is fast approaching. I will surely win the least-distance award! Gorgeous weather here lately, low 70’s in the daytime, but simply awful pollen. I hope the pollen recedes for your visit!

  90. Linda, Redding, CA. says:

    G’morning Li’l Smokey Family!

    The sun is shining into the bear house and the cubs are playing. They are so cute! Looking forward to maybe doing some volunteering while at LTWC for the reunion. I saw the blue tag go into Humboldt/Hoopa’s ear, so will know which one he is. Have to see how much he has grown and changed…all for the better.

    The Li’l Smokey Reunion #4 is THIS month! That sounds so good….not to mention close. Hope to see lots of you there and meet some new folks too. I think Rick and SuEllen will get the “mileage award”…….travel the most to be there! =)

    Looking forward to giving and getting Bear Hugs!
    PS…..STB to some!!!!

  91. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    I am getting really tired of typing messages only to have them disappear because of this bleeping password! That said, BBC news today is carrying a story that a woman sent from South Lake Tahoe when a bear cub got in her garage and climbed part of the automatic door. The woman videoed the incident as the Momma Bear got the cub out of there with plenty of reprimands. I sent this story to FaceBook, but I really don’t like all the total nonsense on FB with people getting bent outta shape over some animal that was killed but no clarity about how it happened. How to feel worse than ever, reading that wall of shame! I have emailed the local paper begging them to look into Sorensen’s and Fish & Game, etc. to clarify what happened. Meanwhile, can we put the emphasis on life and joy? I believe in reincarnation for animals and people. The animals know the risk they take. If they didn’t relish the joy of life, they would not keep coming back for watermelon, fresh greens, blue sky and sunshine. God bless!

  92. Cecilia says:

    not sure which cub i am watching but the cub sure likes to swing on the tire,

  93. Bobbie D. (Central Valley CA) says:

    Kat, sadly it is true that the cubs lost their lives. I’m sure when the time is right that either Tom or someone from LTWC will explain what happened. I am devastated over what happened and trying very hard to control my feelings. Hugs to all the workers at LTWC that work so hard giving these orphans a second chance at life.

  94. Willow says:

    It should be against the law not to have bear proof garbage cans in Lake Tahoe. There should be strict fines if you don’t, plus have food out. They should also fine them if they kill the bears without having the proper garbage cans. In this economy I’m sure the city could make alot of money if they made this a law.

  95. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Sue, I just can’t contemplate any sort of animal cruelty. Nobody needs to hunt anymore, but they still do it for sport. I understand young fishermen are admiring their catch and immediately throw it back. I believe in reincarnation and that the animals know the risk. Evidently it is worth it to them. Our efforts at greater kindness and understanding will eventually be rewarded.
    Kay, as to greens, yes, the bears can see gorgeous tall trees overhead from the play area. They often sit on the upper shelves and tilt their heads up just contemplating the shifting shadows, the sound when the wind blows. They also look up in wonder on their first snow of the season! And they also get lots of greens to eat. Routinely a whole head of romaine! [Would kids eat their veggies better if they knew that’s what bears love?] And L’il Smokey got wheat grass!

    • Kay says:

      Thanks for your poetic response! I am in favor of making rehab housing as natural as possible and feeding forest foods (at least supplementally), such as clover, which wild bears in MN love. I’ve noticed rehab sites with grass and young cubs playing with leafy branches, so I was wondering if that happens at Lake Tahoe. These 3 are fortunate to climb, play, and watch the outside world without disturbance, and I, for one, am happy to have any CA bear rehab!

      • Linda, Redding, CA. says:

        Kay, LTWC goes along with the seasons of fruits and veggies…the same the bears would get out in the wild. Also, the little pool of water will soon have fish in it, to teach them to fish in bodies of water. There will be tree branches, leaves, etc. closer to hibernation time. This is for the change the cubs go through right before hibernation. It’s awesome to watch the progress. Treats are also given once the playroom has been cleaned…peanut better is put on the logs and different places. The cubs will move to that room because they smell the goodies. The door comes down and then the other two rooms to the right can be cleaned. There’s a denning room and feed room. Hope this answers a little of your questions.

  96. Sue Horst says:

    My heart is broken.
    Sorenson’s Resort in Hope Valley has killed another bear and it’s one of LTWC’s released this season from what I can tell.

  97. the two-some in the tire having so much fun

    • Kay Kaylor says:

      We are fortunate to watch these cubs in care! Any greenery in there I don’t see to make them feel more at home in the forest?

  98. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    What magnificent little bears! Into the pool, out of the pool, up the log, down the log, on top of the tire, climbing the chain above the tire, trying the other tire, trying out for the circus? Their moms are watching from Heaven. And I can’t believe I finally got to move here, tried to be a good citizen, and have to watch on the cam until I get through jury duty! Aaaurrwl! Trubble even in Paradise!

  99. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

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    I don’t usually share such spiritual stuff, but this daily quote is a stunner! That starving coyote we had last year — Cheryl begged it to eat. I told it I love you. A psychic friend read on it and said “She thinks she’s in here for the rest of her life and she’s depressed!” After that I keep the thought for all of them that “We have big plans for you!” i.e., release in the best time and place! So . . . are all the do-do birds in a happier place?

  100. Cecilia says:

    love those cute little bears, watching them is so much fun

  101. Marcia H says:

    They do love the tire swings!

  102. Willow says:

    I laughed so hard watching the cubs. The one was on top of the tire, the other in the middle of the other tire. I love it when they play with the tires! It reminds me of the cubs in the past!

  103. LTWC says:

    Hi everyone!

    I installed a plugin a few days ago that has been doing an excellent job at controlling spam. Because it is working so well, I have decided to remove the restriction that holds comments from new posters for approval.

    This new plugin may not work perfectly, so I will continue to monitor the message boards for spam and other unwanted content regularly. If you see anything here that is inappropriate, please:
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  104. Vicky says:

    Hi Everyone !!
    So happy to see the cubbies playing but especially that they are safe :)

  105. Linda McKenzie says:

    Soooooo fun! Cubs in the tire. Cubs on top of the tire! Cubs going up and down the log…..frontwards and backwards! They are so fun to watch when they are playing!

  106. Claire Craig says:

    This bear is so cute i almost died!

  107. Tom Millham says:

    Good Morning LTWC supporters,

    We are getting there. Slowly, we are getting each animal into its ‘proper’ cage. The bear cubs are now in ‘their’ cage, as you can see from the web cam here on ‘’. The river otter is now in the bobcat cage, with a wading pool and we are starting to give her a little time in the pool each day to get her ‘water-proof’. She should be in her own cage in the next 7 – 10 days. The bobcats are chasing each other around like little – well, CATS!!! They are currently in the Raccoon Cage, which is considerably larger than their previous cage. They LOVE the extra room with a ‘little’ extra height. Their next stop will be in the Bobcat cage where they will have LOTS of room to climb, run and jump. The raccoons are getting bigger now and will be ready to occupy ‘their’ cage in short order.

    We are doing a ‘test’ right now to see how much bandwidth we are using. The ‘test’ is with FOUR (4) web cams. It is a two-week test and when we complete this, we will know IF we can add more web cams to our site. It is quite exciting.

    Stay tuned for more fun information. Don’t forget, our Annual “Open House” is the first Sunday in August (5th) from 10am – 4pm. If yoiu have any friends or family who have always wanted to see what goes on behind our closed doors, that is the day to visit LTWC. Lots of stuff going on now, including our search for funding for the new property. Talk to you soon.


  108. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    There they are! Ooh, they look so little! They seem to love their new home. Not entirely off-topic, I had a great surprise today. My camera has been on the fritz for most of the last year. A notorious — I mean, well-known — bear-lover has sent me a beautiful digital camera with the directive that I share my pictures! Gotta learn to zoom between bars and through knot-holes. I’m quite over the moon!

  109. Bobby Dean says:

    Oh these babies are so cute and playful. Fun to watch

  110. Marcia H says:

    Camera seems to be frozen.

  111. Kat says:

    Ooh goodie, cubbies with barrel and tire swing time again :)

  112. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Now we have the bear playroom. The water is sparkling in the wading pool and the cubs are lined up singing “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine.” [Actually they’re probably napping.]

  113. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    This should be the bear house. It was earlier with no bears in sight. Now it looks like I need better glasses. Help!

  114. Diane says:

    Thank you for fixing it. The otter is adorable.

  115. Diane says:

    The webcam is crooked.

  116. Kat says:

    Is that an otter? :) How cute!

  117. Kat says:

    Nice and clear now thanks but who is in here? I see a crate…

  118. Kat,NC says:

    Hmm is it me or is the cam not clear?

  119. Kat,NC says:

    Ooooh one of the cutiecubs is a climber. He’s investigating walls, posts, and everything in between.

  120. Marianne says:

    Although I’m saddened to hear that there are bear cubs in need, I’m so happy to know they’re in the best possible paws now. May you grow strong and fierce and ready to live in the wilds!

  121. LTWC says:

    Hi all,

    Our apologies for the delay in getting some of your comments approved for this site! This site has been getting a ton of spam. One of the ways to prevent it from showing up in the comments section is to make sure that the first time someone posts on this site, their comment is held for approval.

    Once we’ve approved your first comment, you can post freely, without your comments being held. Be sure that you use the same information — email and name — each time you post so that the system recognizes you.

    Sometimes, a real comment can get lost among all the spam — if your comment doesn’t appear within a couple of hours, please email karen (at) ltwc (dot) com or tom (at) ltwc (dot) com to let us know.

    Thanks for your patience! Enjoy the webcam. :)

    – Karen

  122. Willow says:

    I’m so happy the web cam is up on the cubs! I love it when they stand up and “box” each other! The three of them are survivors & will get stronger as each day passes! Thank you LTWC!

  123. Kat, NC says:

    They are so darn cute!

  124. Marcia H says:

    Room service is here

  125. yay, bear cam up and running

  126. Bobby Dean says:

    The new little cubs were on the front page of the Sac Bee yesterday. they are so cute. Glad Tom was able to get them so that they have a good life living free, like they are supposed to be. Thanmk you Tom, you are the bong

  127. greetings from redding

  128. denise brown says:

    wow, this guys are pretty active.

  129. Janice Johnson says:

    I heard on the radio this morning (6-8), that 2 baby black bears are on the way to you guys.

  130. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    The light is failing and the kids are still rasseling. We have some really off-topic stuff on here. I notified Karen Johnson. Where the heck is everybody?

    • LTWC says:

      Hi Mimi — thanks. Tom let me know about the spam and I deleted it a few hours ago. It may happen again occasionally, though we do our best to block it. If you see any again, send us a note and then just ignore it — we’ll delete it as soon as possible!


  131. Tom Millham says:

    Good evening everyone,

    Just a quick update on where we are now with birds and animals at LTWC.

    As you can see, we have the three bobcats which will eventually end up in the Bobcat cage (go figure), which is where the one bear cub has been. I say “ONE” bear cub has been, because, this afternoon, I went down to Fish and Game in Rancho Cordova and picked up two more (siblings), so now, we have three cubs. All three are almost exactly the same weight. The two new ones were examined by Dr Williltts and the little ‘girl’ weighed in at 12.85 pounds and the little ‘boy’ was 15.1 pounds. So far, the two new kids are still trying to get used to their new environment.

    In addition, we also have a baby river otter and a golden eagle. Hope you are all enjoying the web cam on the bobcats. As soon as we figure out ‘where’ the cubs will be spending most of their time, we will position a camera in there and get it up on the site for your viewing pleasure.

    Starting to get busy here. Weather finally is getting nice. Hope you can all join us for our annual OPEN House on Sunday, August 5th (10am – 4pm).


    • Cynthia says:

      I heard about how you go the 2 new cubs on the news this morning. So sad, but glad that they have a good home to go to. Thanks for being there Tom!

  132. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Three active bobcats! Their heads and ears make the prettiest silhouette! I’ve not seen food dishes for several days, but the kids are obviously flourishing. They’re having fun draping the light blue blankie over the door of their — uh, bedroom! More fun than a barrel of . . . bobcats!

  133. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Bed made. Kids are rasseling, climbing on top of each other. Obviously had their Wheaties this morning!

  134. Marcia H says:

    Kids look like they’re having fun..

  135. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    This morning the kids are snuggled together as close as three creatures could be — almost falling off the edge of their bed! There’s a little movement. Another day in a happy childhood!

  136. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Awww, all three cuddled on their blanket!

  137. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Room Service was just here. Blankets folded. Fresh food — one dish already empty. Oh — a Person is still working here. The camera is quite low. There has been a square pan of clear water with lemon-size stones in it placed on the left near the door. Maybe that needed freshening to replicate a stream? . . . Person still here! She’s crouching with her camera. Big flash! They seemed to ignore her, just did their Bobcat thing!

  138. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    How wonderful to have womb-mates the same size and level of friskiness! None of that “Be nice to your little brother!” stuff! Just rolling on the blankets!
    Linda, I feel for you, but you have to ask a techit.

    • Linda, Redding, CA. says:

      Thanks, Mimi. What days do you volunteer? Doesn’t Hoopa/Humboldt have the cutest face? I’m so glad he’s there at LTWC, since he doesn’t have his mom anymore. Next best place to be for that lil guy! Give him my love too, please. See you soon!

  139. Linda McKenzie says:

    Help! Please? Why can I not view the webcam on my iPhone?

    • Bruce Richards says:

      iPhones (and iPads) don’t support Flash media – and that’s the format used by the LTWC webcam. It’s one of the many limitations of the Apple product line.

      • Linda McKenzie says:

        Thank you, Bruce. I’ve downloaded a cam app from the store. Guess it didn’t help for this one. I appreciate what you are doing for LTWC.

  140. Willow says:

    All three snuggled together sleeping after terrorizing their cage!

  141. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Kids on the log up top. They’ve destroyed their futon, bashed in the TV, rearranged everything. The food bowls are gone. Now they’re chasing each other. Do Zoom and 200%.

    • Michelle Westrum says:

      Thanks Mimi, for your observations of the Humboldt cubbie and those stinkin’ cute kitties. They are quite a handful, aren’t they? you are so lucky to be a part of LTWC. Hope to meet you this summer.

  142. retiredwannabe says:

    Cam frozen!

  143. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Some market brought boxes of huge sweet potatoes to Senior Plaza where I live — to share with the poor old folks! I called Cheryl who said the bears like them. Suddenly, getting out to LTWC was #1 priority. Gorgeous day! I boil and peel the yams before freezing. Cheryl will bake and freeze without peeling. Did not see the bobcats; it was their naptime. I will say their cage is not as “dirty” as it looks on camera! I shadowed Cheryl while she fed a sick coyote, then snowshoe rabbits with furry feet, then other rabbits, and squirrels. I found out what the bobcats eat, but will not say it here. It is protein, OK? Found out the bear weighs 10 pounds. I went clear in the bobcat cage with everything he needs right there — pool, grapes, the big purple teddy bear — cool and shadowy, peaceful even. I walked clear around behind the slanting log and looked up. He was snuggled in the little box up there, sitting on towels. Even if my camera had not broken, I could not have taken much of a picture. I think he was awake, listening when I said hello and I love you. I sent him a lot of love and left quietly. Cheryl says he is pretty low right now, losing his mom and so many changes, still figuring out that we aren’t going to hurt him. Oh, and they’re expecting a river otter later today! All she rote!

    • Bobbie Demellopine says:

      It looks and sounds like it is starting to get very busy at LTWC already. It is nice to see people back on the blog again. Hope everyone is looking forward to the reunion in July.

      Mimi thank you for painting a word picture of your time looking in on Hoopa/Humboldt (I like Hoopa). I hope he feels all of the love being sent his way for a long healthy life of freedom. Poor little guy is probably so scared trying to figure out what is happening to him.

  144. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Plenty of bobcat activity right now. Are we sure it’s only three? Great relief to know that’s bark and not untended poop. … Great report on your trip, Linda! Thank you for the job and the report. Of course going somewhere with your best friend isn’t exactly torture. I hope we don’t call this cub Humbert! He looks a fine specimen. Does anyone know his weight?

  145. Linda McKenzie says:

    All the “stuff” you are seeing in with the bobcats is not poop. There are pieces of bark on the floor, and I forgot to ask Cheryl why the bark. Found out about their food and they love it. Cheryl does lots of food prep for these little critters.

    It was an amazing time transporting Hoopa/Humboldt to LTWC. He did some loud noises when F & G handled him and again when Tom got him out of the carrier for Dr. Willits to knock him out some and do the exam. That lil cub doesn’t even know where all he was poked and prodded. lol. He spent the night in a carrier in the medical room and was put out in the bobcat cage (where Li’l Smokey was). He climbed up the wire siding to get away from people, and I don’t blame him. Would of been fun seeing him come back down, but we had to hit the road.

    Met some wonderful new volunteers and Jo who has been there for a while and Wayne and Sandy. What great people help out there, under Cheryl and Tom’s guidance. The bear cub was a gift for me. I’m sad he lost his mom, but he’s in the next best place. He will be care for and loved and returned to the wild next winter.

    Tried to feed day old bunnies….that is difficult. Also saw the smallest raccoons I’ve seen so far. Jo is a pro with those lil ones. Didn’t get any pictures. The have an area for Canandian Geese and have lots of lil ones.

    The over-nighter trip went too fast, but a blessed time to be sure.

    Now, I’m jazzed about seeing everyone at Li’l Smokey Family Reunion in July!! Plan to attend. Let Tom know if you will be there.

    • Marcia H says:

      Great to know how the cub is doing and all the other wildlife they care for. Glad they have so many great volunteers. Sure wish I lived closer. Hope you had a s afe trip home. See you in July!!!!!!!!

    • Joanne D says:

      I’m so glad you had this wonderful chance. I really envy you both. How great to able to hold & cuddle him–even tho he doesn’t know you did—you do. I’m looking forward to July as well—-this is going to be a busy summer. Trip to KOA campgound in a couple of weeks with family for a memorial to my mother, trip to Giant’s game 2 days before leaving for LSR #4—son’s wedding in October—WOW—haven’t been this busy in YEARS—–can’t wait to get to the mountains. <3

  146. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    This looks like my house — dirty dishes sitting around, toys not put away, spots on the floor, unmade bed. Where are the kids? Moved to better quarters without the camera?

  147. Marcia H says:

    Finally got to see all three bobcats playing. How cute. Hope the new cub is getting settled in.

  148. Marcia H says:

    Linda and Lonnie – Thanks for bringing that poor orphaned cub to LTWC. So sad but at least it will be in the best place possible to rehab.

  149. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    The kids are out and about again, lots of shifting pixels. They seem to play for awhile, sleep for awhile, play some more. The food dishes are empty and there’s a lot of dark stuff on the floor. Wow! How d’you clean that enclosure? That’s a respectable amount of poop — as good as any bear cub! They’re looking up like they would like to spring or climb to the non-existent mezzanine.

  150. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Yes, indeed, Linda, and I just got a purple email from Tom that you and DH are bringing us a bear cub! I was hoping all the bears would stay with mom, but… So now will this cub get the bobcat house or will the real bobcats move in there? It looks like you have a long drive to bring him from Eureka area. Thank you! And thank you, Lonnie, for your military service. I get thanked, but my first answer is, “Heck, I just had to get out of Bakersfield!”

  151. Linda, Redding, CA. says:

    Finally get to see the bobcats in action! They are so cute! All 3 are out and doing whatever bobcats do…..feeding and playing. The excitement is building for the Li’l Smokey Reunion…in lots of us! Seems we need to see action on the cam to get us motivated.

  152. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Uh-oh, she’s replicating something the mom would catch and feed to them! No, don’t tell me! We don’t want to gross out any lurkers!

  153. Bob Sweatt says:

    You don’t want to know.

  154. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    It’s snowing here! Coming down real pretty! Food bowls are full again, no kittens in sight. What is Cheryl giving them? Surely not chili beans!

  155. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Thank you, Jenny, for your description! Three hours later there are no kittens in sight, only empty food bowls. I look forward to volunteering again, but did not grab all the spots on the calendar. Left those for you-all. Will be on call to transport animals to the center. Studied my manual last night about boxes, blankets, etc. Dreamed about getting some large critter! It will be a great year — especially if all the bear cubs stay with their moms and everyone grows up without our help!

  156. Jenny Sweatt says:

    Hi Tom! I saw you feeding baby bobcats. Precious. Enjoyed watching them sitting at their individual dishes. See you Saturday for orientation.

  157. Bob Sweatt says:

    Thank you Bruce for fixing the web cams so we can see the cats live! You are an awesome tech!

  158. Willow says:

    The new website is great!

  159. Dawn Wood says:

    This is soooo COOL!!! Good thing the boss is on vacation this week. She’ll never know that all we do all day now is watch these little tykes! Good job you guys!!

  160. Kat says:

    Can’t wait to see them! Thanks Tom.

    If I can get to Lake Tahoe affordably at the last minute, I may show up at the reunion — unfortunately it depends on what happens with work first.

  161. Angie says:

    Thanks for the update to let us know the camera is back up.

  162. Bob Sweatt says:

    I see the little guys have come out because the play mice I put in have moved. Great sign that they are playing with them.

  163. Patti Summers says:

    Great to see that they are licking the plates clean. Fun to watch them play!

  164. Marcia H says:

    Tom – Thanks for fixing the webcam. Sorry you have guests but nice to be able to watch them progress.

  165. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Oh wow, thank you, Tom! A reminder to click on View, Zoom and 200% to get a better view. I see movement inside the pet carrier. Must be naptime.

  166. Linda, Redding, CA. says:

    G’morning, Li’l Smokey Family!

    Got an email from Mimi, so had to get online and check things out here. Guess we just passed the season of “quiet!” Now, with the reunion not too far away, I’m sure it will get more active on this site.

    Vicki….you and Tom will be missed in person, but you are in lots of our hearts! Li’l Smokey family is such a blessing to me!

    The bobcats look just like regular house kitties. I’m sure they don’t act like house kitties though! They are so cute! I’m glad there are no bear cubs. That is awesome! We want them to stay out with their moms and learn about being wild critters.

    Bear Hugs to all!

  167. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Hi, Bobbie! I got thinking about baby bobcats and decided to get myself out there. I also hit the library and Rite-Aid, then shot out Pioneer Trail and followed the blue LTWC signs to Elks Club and again to the center. Cheryl said the bobcats were crying and yowling and the upshot was that now they’re next door to the squirrels in their own outdoor studio. They have small logs and toys — and each other. Looks like something rigged to keep them warm at night in the pet carrier. Two were sitting on a log. The third was yowling big-time. A most irritating sound. What Steller’s Jay sound is to birds, this is to cats. They’re way smaller than a housecat, almost a foot long, and totally adorable. My camera is on the fritz, so I hope someone took pictures. While I was there, a man brought in a bird from far parts. He found it lying beside its dead sibling in a parking lot. Cheryl greeted the little guy, said it’s a starling, and at once fed it some green glop with an eyedropper. The bird was quite vocal and got several more glops. This one will definitely make it. Smiles all around.

  168. Bobbie Demellopine says:

    Kat you are correct that it has been quiet in here. I try to check in on a regular basis and am glad to see a few new posts. I am happy to see that so far there are no orphan cubs this year so far. I pray that all of the bears stay safe.

    Mimi, it is nice to see that you are getting out and about. Thanks for keeping us updated on the birds and animals in Cheryl’s care. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

    Vicki you and Tom will be missed this year at the reunion. I didn’t know that you had a flood and pray that it didn’t do very much damage. Were you ever able to catch up with Lencho again? Sure do miss his education on Bears.

  169. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Hiya, Vickie E.! We will miss you at the reunion, but hey! A lot of people are just paying the most important bills and sitting tight until the next payday. Be glad for what you got and make lemonade. “Living well is the best revenge.”
    I drove to Placerville yesterday – almost 80 degrees. I’m getting help from the VA. Very productive and gorgeous trip. I wanted to stop at LTWC on the way back, but was quite pooped and it was supper time. I called Cheryl just now and got that they are both pooped from the weekend training. There is so much to teach! They had a full crowd of 70. Tom and Cheryl work as hard as anyone I’ve ever met. I’ve known a couple of supermen — and there’s Martha Stewart who has a huge staff. Anyway, Cheryl says they have baby birds and THREE BABY BOBCATS! As it gets in the 30’s at night, these kids are staying in the office/clinic for now. There are squirrels in the fawn isolation cage, too. Never a dull moment! God bless!

  170. Vicki Entrekin says:

    Hello Family! Even though I haven’t had a chance to get over here often, you all are still in my thoughts and prayers! Been busy at work and at home with the house and filling jewelry orders. Haven’t had time to just sit and relax, so just ‘serf’ the web or come in and chat.

    Hope all are doing well. Glad to see that we don’t have any kids yet, so hopefully all will remain quite for a while!

    Sure wish that would be able to make the reunion this year. With the flood that we had and the following repairs, money isn’t there for any trips. =(
    I had really been looking forward to seeing everyone again. I miss the family and wanted to see everyone again, but I guess that you will just have to remain in my thoughts and hopefully will get a chance to see some pictures that everyone has taken.

    Okay – back to work for me. Love you all!
    Vicki E – Tucson, AZ

    • Marcia H says:

      So sorry you and Tom can’t make it to the reunion. Hope flood damage is under control. We will sure miss you.

  171. Kat says:

    Gotten quiet here. Glad to see Mimi is still around :) Glad we have no cubbies on cam but I do miss them!

  172. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Well, I’m still here. I planned to attend the board meeting this evening. Personal life got turned upside down. I had a chance to move to a more quiet apartment. I got excited, couldn’t sleep, etc., but it was a different floor plan, way too small. Big let-down and relief. I’ll stop by or call next week when the class is over and my own life settles down a bit. There’s a path around the building at Tahoe Senior Plaza. Lots of birds and frolicking squirrels, but they’re very shy and scamper when they see people. The real predators are the cats! One resident puts food out — on the ground! — for the birds. We have a bunny which everyone wants to “rescue.” Happy Spring, folks!

  173. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    The best bear hunt on Google Images seems to be “living black bear cubs” which even has the shot of Barry carrying a sedated Luisa. Other shots of people with bears turn out to be care-givers checking over sedated bears. This leads to interesting news articles and websites of other organizations like LTWC. The one near Seattle cares for “companion animals” as well as wildlife.

  174. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Hiya, Bobbie and everybody! It’s gorgeous here today. I went to Placerville yesterday. The owner of the embroidery shop suggested going to Google Images for possible embroidery ideas. Just download, outline, enlarge, etc. etc. [I was thinking to punchneedle a bear or butterfly. Painless!] So I looked for “black bears” and got quite a few really gross pictures of grinning hunters and very serious dead bears. The bears were all finer specimens than the men. So I tried “living black bears” and got only one hunter and one other gross picture, but lots of Tahoe lodge livingrooms, a ball team, and quite a few not-bears like puffins, tigers, etc. The second try did have a lot of cubs. The first try had a lot of moms with cubs. One picture could have been the folks putting L’il Smokey in his den. And for kids, you can turn an image into a line drawing for them to color with crayons. Also this might be a resource for LTWC for training material, etc.

    TOMMY! Can you put that camera on the deck to show something alive? Thanks!

  175. Bobbie D. (Central CA) says:

    The blog has been to darn quiet so I’m glad spring has sprung. I see there are some new guests being rehabilitated. Cheryl the video with the bunnies is great and I love the Golden Eagle photo.

  176. Bobbie Demellopine says:

    Spring has really sprung now that LTWC has begun getting animals. I really like the little video clip right here on the web page. Hopefully we will see more activity now here on the blog.

  177. Bobbie Demellopine says:

    WOW, I think this is the longest that this page has gone without a comment. Guess we can all tell there isn’t any wild life to watch at the moment. Hope all of the Lil Smokey family are counting down the weeks and days until the reunion.

  178. Sue Horst says:

    Luisa is healed and headed home after months of tender loving care.
    Another bear is baited, trapped, and killed in Nevada not so far from LTWC.
    Maybe not the place for me to post this message but in our praise of Luisa being able to go home, I hope a moment is spent mourning the loss of life that is happening at the same time.

  179. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Thot about that cub this morning! So, did everything go according to ?plan?

  180. Tom Millham says:

    Hi guys. Just got on here to let you know that we got a call from F & G this afternoon confirming that they ‘play’ to arrive here tomorrow morning to get the San Luis Obispo cub. Assuming they do make it up here and everything goes as it should, they ‘should’ be releasing her tomorrow afternoon around 3 or 4pm.

    I will update you as I get more info. Hopefully, I will have some pics of her chin.


  181. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Sunday afternoon I paid a visit to Tom and Cheryl. Smiles all around, few wild animals except “Luisa” the San Luis Obispo cub. I did not visit her. Cheryl said when the door to her house is shut, the cub wakes up and stands there shaking. Her life will change soon anyway; she will be saying goodbye at 5:30 Thursday morning! She’ll get a last weigh-in and checking over by Dr. W. and a last hug from Cheryl whose little dishes of soft food made all the difference — oatmeal with real maple syrup, pudding, mashed potato with salmon flakes, ice cream, enhanced pumpkin, watermelon — remember? Probably be back in the wilderness by end of the day. Godspeed, little lady! . . . Tom said he has plans to move the camera out to the deck and focus it on a bird feeder — an infinitely more lively scene! Yes, it is fixed! The bear house floor is going to get resurfaced so less chance of slip ‘n’ fall. Spring is really springing here!

  182. Denise says:

    We have gotten in 3 Pine Martens at LTWC in the last few months. Very unusual as most people never even SEE a Pine Marten! Unfortunately we lost 2 to what we think was secondary poisoning from possibly eating mice that were eating D- con or other rodenticide – nasty stuff! The good news is the 3’rd one was fine and we released it! I learned that Pine Marten are like ” Weasles on steroids” – can practically fly-(they are one of the only carnivores that cash squirrels in trees!) and are an animal that pound for pound are NOT to be messed with! Tried to upload a photo of one but my I Pad won’t cooperate so anyone out there want to post a photo of one it would be great!

  183. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Enjoyed the little film, Tom! I hoped it would end with some animals. Are we selling Tahoe or wildlife care? Cute idea trying to rehab disappointed skiers! Now I know what Todd Borg is talking about! Met this author in library parking lot — gentle little man. His P.I. main character is huge and tough and has a Great Dane sidekick. They tool around the lake in his Jeep. Todd has written half a dozen good mystery novels. About skiing and boating and high life and low life.

    • LTWC says:

      Mimi — actually the video *is* intended to sell Tahoe, not LTWC specifically!

      The back story: It was commissioned by the Lake Tahoe Visitor’s Authority (Tahoe South), and filmed by my husband, Anthony, who thought that including Tom and LTWC would be a natural fit since Tahoe South’s new tagline is “The Wild Side.”

      Tahoe South has shown it to several groups over the past few weeks — we’re glad to get a some additional exposure for LTWC and Tahoe-area wildlife while Tahoe South promotes the area!

      – Karen

  184. Kat,NC says:

    World’s cutest polar bear!,,20575646_21128395,00.html#21128385

  185. Kat says:

    Enjoyed The Wild Side, Tom!

  186. Bobbie Demellopine says:

    Mimi and everyone there in SLT, I’m happy you finally got some snow and hopefully the critters will hunker down for awhile longer to remain safe and I pray all the bears stay in California far away from Nevada.

    Tom, is Luisa (SLO) still denning with you guys or did they come take her home finally? Everyone wants to know!!!!!

  187. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Hello! Snowing here. Gently, but still I wonder about the birds I heard the other morning. Their moms will have to manage. This is MY FaceBook and I “like” everybody!

  188. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Windy yesterday, rain last night. Early this morning I heard a lot of bird sounds. Little utterances and at least one Stellars Jay adult. Spring is indeed springing! I wonder about Luisa. No news that she has been resettled into the wild.

  189. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Whatever do other people do between reunions!

  190. Linda McKenzie says:

    July will be here before we know it. I’m so looking forward to seeing everyone again and volunteering if time allows. Bear Hugs! STB too!

    • Marcia H says:

      Willow and I are getting very excited about it. It will be so good to see everyone again. And maybe some new faces too.

  191. Kat,NC says:

    Here are some happy bears!

  192. Bobbie D (Central Valley CA) says:

    Thanks Mimi and Kat for continuing to find great information. Have you been visiting Jewel and her 2 cubs at North American Bear Center which is also the study area for Lily. It is neat to follow these cubs in the wild and see that the cubs LTWC rehab play and react the same way while learning their lessons.

    Tom is the San Luis Obispo cub still with you guys since you haven’t posted that she went home? Being you did get some snow I’m sure the extra denning won’t hurt.

  193. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Triplet baby cubs introduced at Hollywild
    Published on Thursday, March 1, 2012

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    Meet sisters Amalia Nur, Malica Ishtar, and Samra’ May. They are 4-week old baby cubs born at Hollywild Animal Park. The cubs’ photos were shared with and other media to announce the park’s opening weekends in March.

    Hollywild Animal Park Photo

    The baby cubs pile on keeper Jennifer De Carranza as they are getting adapted to humans.

    Hollywild Animal Park Photo

    It’s nap time for a cub on the shoulder of David Meeks, Hollywild Director.

    The huggable cubs’ names are Arabic, the language spoken in Syria. Like all Syrian bears, they have gray-brown fur with white collars of fur. Their parents, mother Giza and father Ramses, are pure Syrians, but with their added size, fur and skin rolls, their collars are not as visible. The cubs own distinct personality traits.

    Triplet Syrian brown bears, all female, were born at the park on Jan. 7.

    “Right now, these girls are not ready to be out in a regular habitat full time, but it won’t be long. The babies are an exciting new addition to the park as will be the new bear habitat currently under construction,” David Meeks, Hollywild Director, said.

    The cubs have begun their journey as hand-raised members of the Hollywild family, receiving feedings every two hours, around the clock.

    “Many babies born in captivity require hand-raising for their own protection,” said carnivore “keeper” Jennifer De Carranza. “They’re going to be in captivity their whole life so it’s essential that they acclimate to humans early so that they can be cared for properly.”

    Until their features and personalities and became distinct, animal staffers painted their toenails to tell them apart to maintain a strict care and feeding schedule for them.

    Hollywild will serve as a focus for the park’s effort to bring attention to worldwide conservation efforts on International Earth Day March 24. “We’ll have special activities and displays that day. If attention to conservation and preservation of these amazing animals had been made earlier, Hollywild wouldn’t be one of the only places you could meet one, but of course we’re thrilled to have them here” Linda M. Poole, the park’s program director, said.

    The park opens weekends only in March, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and weekdays for groups by appointment. On Saturday visitors can see the new babies at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in a special area set up by the park waterfall.

    Admission is $10 adults, $8 children (2-12), $8 handicapped, $8 senior citizens (65+) and children under 2 admitted free.

    Visit for more information.

    I found this at The “Awwww!” film clip is all over TV stations.

  194. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Well, Kat, I googled and saw a film clip on DESH Orlando. Three very tiny cubs being cuddled and bottle fed by white folks in a grassy yard somewhere. No indication if they will be returned to the wild. Of course we had Mendi indoors for awhile, but later she was cared for at a distance and rehabbed just fine. . . . It’s nice to hear the vocalizations of these cubs.

  195. Kat, NC says:

    Hope this comes up – rare Syrian brown bear triplets, adorable!

  196. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    The BBC news program on PBS this evening had a segment about bears in China. It seems a young Chinese woman shot footage with a hidden camera and is raising a ruckus in her own country about the cruelty of collecting bile from caged bears. Over here the poachers pull out the gall bladder. Over there, the farmers “milk” the bears’ stomachs. While we’re trying to give wild animals the life they deserve in the wild, the Chinese have used up most of their wild bears and have to farm them to get this substance. So the bears are alive technically. The medicinal substance can be replicated with herbs and less cruel sources. The story and pictures are on BBC News website this evening or you can search on “Bear Bile” for a detailed, well-researched story. Pictures not too disturbing. It does seem that humanity is slowly learning. Very slowly.

  197. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Now we have snow! And where is Luisa bear? I decided not to pray either way because I think God knows what She is doing, but the weather this winter has been quite nuts. It’s unsettling. Maybe the Powers That Be will leave our cub in place for awhile longer. She is safer in her little den here.

  198. Marcia H says:

    Read the article in the SF Chronicle about the mild winter and hungry bears. So sorry if Tom and Cheryl had damage. Hope for rain and lots of vegetation for the bears so they don’t get too close to humans.

  199. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Yesterday I drove to Carson City quite impromptu. It was a gorgeous mild sunny day. I was praying all the way not to see or create any road kill. Saw several signs showing bears or deer.
    As for the avatar, it helps to have a file of nice pictures on your computer. If your picture is too large to be an avatar, the program lets you crop it.

  200. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Go see It isn’t daily, but it’s OUR paper! Saturday it had a recent picture of a local black bear (great picture) and a good story about weather and bears. The bears are coming out of their dens, hungry and ready for spring. However, the weather has been too dry to nourish berries and other good things that the bears want to eat in spring. Comments from Bear League AND Cheryl Millham, telling how a bear broke into the aviary! Poor bear, no birds or food in there. If we have a really big storm now, it will not be so good. OTOH, bears have gone without hibernating. I could not find the link. Then today on the website there’s a ruckus about a baited bear trap up in North Tahoe. All on topic if not pleasant.

  201. retiredwannabe says:

    Testing out my gravatar!

  202. Brad (Pasadena, CA) says:

    Still trying to figure out how to get the “gravatar”!

    • Brad (Pasadena, CA) says:

      Can anyone give me help on getting my gravatar? Thanx

      • LTWC says:

        Hi Brad,
        – Go to
        – Enter your email address and click “Signup”
        – If you get asked to add “” to your contacts, just click “ok” to indicate that you’ve done so. It asks you to do this to make sure that the confirmation email doesn’t end up in your spam folder. You can either add “” to your contacts, or just check your spam folder if you don’t receive the email right away.
        – Check your inbox for an email from Gravatar.
        – Click the confirmation link in the email.
        – Create a username and password. Try to pick a username that probably hasn’t been taken, like “BradLTWC” instead of just “Brad.”
        – Once you have signed up, you will be brought to the Manage Gravatars screen. Click on “Whoops, looks like you don’t have any images yet! Add one by clicking here!”
        – Follow the instructions to select an image to use as your gravatar, either from your own computer or a website.

        – That’s it! Now every time that you enter your email address when commenting on this blog, that image will be included.

        If you are still having trouble, feel free to email me at karen at ltwc dot org. Give me some specifics about what part you’re having issues with.

  203. Joanne D says:

    Glad to see the new web-site up & running. Sorry no “baby views” but, of course, that would mean some “trauma” for them so that’s a good thing. Looking forward to LSR #4 in July—–See you there—-

  204. Linda McKenzie says:

    Hi everyone!
    Have to wait 24 hours to get a Gravatar, but that’s ok. I will like this site better when the cam is actually working! =)
    Thanks, Tom, for the update on SLO bear cub. Can any recent pictures of her be posted in FB at the LTWC site?
    Looking forward to Li’l Smokey Family Reunion #4 in July!!!!!

  205. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Well, signing in to wordpress was NOT easy! So many names were not available. Even my four real names (Mimi M***** M***** Routh) have been taken. That’s nuts! Finally got mimislt. Whatever. And the little Marylon avatar got back over here before I did. . . . Now if we just had some critters to watch. Still about bears, I received a special embroidered picture of a bear for my birthday. This is absolutely the ugliest bear I ever saw — looks more like a rat. My friend probably paid big bucks to have it done based on a very nice notecard design. She hadn’t the heart to tell the woman to do it better. Like the tailor who got the pants too short, cut some more off, and they were still too short! So I have to get the thread color and perform surgery on the bear, make him a chin and a smile. . . . waiting for real live kids.

  206. LTWC says:

    Also, if you’d like an avatar associated with your comments (like the coyote we have pictured with LTWC’s comments), go to

    If you have a WordPress login and password, use that to sign in, then select an image that you’d like to use for your avatar. If you don’t have a WordPress login, follow the instructions to create one (it’s very easy).

  207. LTWC says:

    Hi all! The direct link to Mountain News article Denise mentioned is


  208. Tom Millham says:

    Good evening everyone. We heard from Fish and Game yesterday. They are ‘planning’ to come up here next week (the week of Feb. 20th), OR the week of Feb. 27th to get the San Luis Obispo cub. Depending, of course, on the weather, which spoiled their plans last month. We still guesstimate her weight at about 65 pounds which is good, especially since, when (and if) she arrives in the SLO area, it won’t be very long until the food starts showing up and she can eat her little heart out.

    We will let you know when they actually pick her up.


  209. Denise says:

    Thanks Mimi ! My I pad doesn’t have adobe flash so couldn’t link their website. You’re right- big dreams & maybe ths one is ” meant to be” ! Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

  210. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    The publication website is It looks like this latest edition, February, is not yet up. The article is pretty exciting. We have some really big dreams.

  211. Denise says:

    Great new website for us ! Thank you Karen for all you do! New article in the Mountain News about our ” quest” for a new home for LTWC & the possibility of us moving to Echo Creek Estates on 16 acres in Meyers if ” the planet align” & we find funding! Not sure how to post the article here- anyone????

  212. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Thanks for the bear fix, Lawanna! I saw a volunteer play that way once only with a tiny cub. I think it was Mendi, but she was very alone and very small. I’m not ratting; it was under strict guidance, and the woman held a large stuffed bear in front of her. No hugging or tickling. This was a zoo. We aren’t a zoo nor a sanctuary. Great fun to watch!

  213. Lawanna says:

    Good day family. You’ve got to check out this video. Too cute.

  214. Vicki E - Tucson, AZ says:

    Good looking website. I hope that it will be as friendly as the old site and the rest of the family will check in soon!

    Have a great one! (Good job Linda! How is the little one?)

  215. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Yes, Bobbie, I think so, i.e., early spring will bring the bears out. I read something about F&G locating a den on the cold side of a mountain so that the bear they were placing in the wild would stay asleep. Aren’t these strange times! I was all geared up for a big snow, after the “bad snow kone” slush near Mount Shasta. And Europe is getting way more than they’re ready for, people dying! …

  216. Bobbie D (Central Valley CA) says:

    I am happy to see a few posts here after Karen’s hard work getting this new page together in such a user friendly format.
    Being it has been such a mild winter with hardly any snow and plants and trees starting to bud does this mean that the bears become active earlier in the year? I keep praying for a good snow in the Tahoe Basin to keep all the critters denning where they are safe.
    Hope to see everyone in July at the reunion.

  217. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Hi, everybody! There really is a lot of activity, just that it doesn’t show in front of the camera. Really too bad. If the camera were on Luisa (SLO girl), it wouldn’t tell us much as I understand she is denning. For sure all of us are getting ready for spring. If spring would spring early, followed by heavy snow, I can’t imagine what that would mean to the animals. Maybe quite a few needing help? Thank you again, Karen, for your work here. I enjoyed seeing Karen’t family pictures on FB. That baby has the biggest eyes! I just got TV for the first time in 4 years. So much nonsense! And they’re advertising ailments as tho to say everybody else has it, get on the bandwagon. Time to hit the button and take a walk in this glorious place! XO XO

  218. Brad (Pasadena, CA) says:

    Come on Li’l Smokey Family…let’s see some activity. :-)

  219. jim P says:

    Hope this web site works as good as the old one.

  220. Dee from Woodland says:

    Congratulations on the new site.

  221. Brad says:

    Congrats on the new site. I hope it becomes as active as the other one was.

  222. Kat says:

    This site is great, thanks and congrats :)

  223. LTWC says:

    Hi everyone! We have officially moved the webcam from our Typepad blog to our new website.

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