Cam 1: Bear Cub Play Area


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  1. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Just now the sun was slanting in making crazy shadows. Huge spots of bright white everywhere. And booted ladies standing working with fish. Sometimes there is plastic string on the fish, which are frozen. Have to remove that! I decided the white spots were marshmallow treats which the cubs love. After a long wait, here they came. Hoo-boy! What a scene! One white spot on top of a tire didn’t get noticed for some time. Finally a smart cub got it. Then they turned to the fish, some taking their fish upstairs to enjoy. Thus continues a happy summer in the Bear House.

  2. Al Skaja says:

    Hi .First you people do great work. Do the little bear cubs get to go outside to play ??. Also could you post a pic of my little girl Tahoe its getting hard to tell them apart. Thanks an great luck to the little cubs.

    • Mimi at Tahoe says:

      Hi, Al! Well, this playroom IS outdoors! Wait til it snows! They’re looking up! When it starts getting seriously cold, just know they have thick warm coats. When it’s time to “den,” they go in the other two rooms of this bear house which are covered. Some people can tell them all apart. I can’t. Maybe a newer computer monitor would help. I can’t see colors of ear tags well. Just love them all as they’re together for this short time. For sure, Denise and “the powers that be” are watching and can easily tell them apart. They can spot injuries, behavior, etc.

  3. Kim says:

    Can you give an update on how Tahoe is doing — it looks like she is still pacing pretty often. Thanks!

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      Tahoe is actually doing very well. She paces mainly when it’s feeding time but interacts & wrestles with the other cubs regularly which is a great sign. When I had to go in the feed area the other day to unstop the drain all 10 of them (including Tahoe) backed off when I told them to which is what we want them to do!

  4. Kat, SC says:

    Sleep, wrassling and swinging the tire swing…..lots of action going on in here with the 7 visible cubs!

  5. Kat, SC says:

    What a cute bunch of cubbies. 2 laying on the table, pawing at each other. 3 up on the shelf, 1 laying down, 1 watching, and 1 pawing at the tire rope. Would like to give each one a bear hug and a yummy treat!

    • Mimi at Tahoe says:

      Oh, yes indeed, Kat! Their movements and interactions are so much fun to watch. Their fur looks beautiful in the sun because they’re healthy. Guess you know bear fur is not that soft! As for claws, Cheryl was simply working with a cub once years ago, maybe a sedated one — it didn’t attack her at all — its claws raked down her leg and she went to the ER!

  6. Nadine says:

    I just noticed that one of the larger bear cubs has a huge chunk of fur missing off his back. It’s very easy to spot. Is he OK? Which one is that? The cubs have been really wrassling loads and at times I have wondered how playful it all is. Now I see that I am wondering if they’re OK. Sandy’s posts are making me a tad worried. Definitely there is one cub sleeping a lot and not active (in the sleeping area, usually alone or with a larger brown cub. Is that Conway with the hurt paw? Is he on painkillers and that’s why he’s sleeping? Worried about the little tykes on Labour Day weekend.

    • Nadine says:

      Spelling mistake: Rassling. I keep using a w. I’m from England and we don’t have that word there. Presume it’s colloquial ‘Merican!!

      • Mimi at Tahoe says:

        Your spelling is just fine, Nadine. Maybe we’re taking it from wrestling, except it’s just sibling play, not by any rules. As to the inactive cub, last night the volunteers cleaned the dining and bedrooms with at least 3 cubs in the loft in the bedroom. They wiggled and just watched. They naturally avoid people and certainly don’t attack. Of course their claws are razor sharp, can do damage without their actually meaning to. . . . When Brockway was first in the Bear House, volunteers were giving him food as he lay on the top shelf. At the time, I wondered how he got that fish! If one needs special help, they’re being watched and will get help.

    • Kim says:

      I might be Brockway… He is younger and smaller than the other cubs. Whichever cub it is , I hope he is ok!!

  7. Sandy says:

    There is a little one all alone on the top shelf of the sleeping area – hope he’s not sick. All the others played, ate the melons in the feeding room, then ate what looked like fish in the pool and something from the indentations in the logs in the playroom. But the little guy is still just lying on the top shelf of the sleep room. He’s not going to get anything to eat if he doesn’t get up and come down from there. And he looks so small – the black one was next to him on the shelf for a while and he looks half the size of the black one.

  8. Deanna Pine says:

    I can see 7 bears going at it having a great time playing. It reminds me of my house where I am fostering 7 kittens that are 6 weeks old. They eat, get really active then it’s time for a nap.

  9. Kim says:

    One of the bears was just trying to climb up the wall but fell down to the lower platform. He seems to have hurt his paw… Hope its not the conway cub with the already hurt paw. He seems to be struggling to get down the log. Hope he’s ok!!

  10. Linda says:

    Why is this one cub pacing back and forth and doesn’t join in with the rest of the cubs playing?

  11. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Oh, yum! Lovely big fish tonight!

  12. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Big thunderstorm here a few minutes ago. All but one have gone inside. Is that Tahoe dancing in lower left corner? Wait til they see the snow! That’s always a revelation, though presumably they saw snow with their moms fresh out of the den.

  13. Denise@LTWC says:

    Geri- You asked about Brockway. He is now in with the ” big bears” again as we had a cub with a sprained foot we needed to isolate & keep quiet for a bit so we played “musical bears” & swapped them! Brockway has found a friend in one of the largest cubs that I can’t quite identify due to his furry ears! When I cleaned today they snuggled together in the den so all is good! Tahoe on the other hand has become a bear wrestling champion! She may be small but she’s mighty & LOVES to wrestle & play!

    • Mimi at Tahoe says:

      [Boy! The math challenge is going to keep out some nice people!] Denise, your input is so enlightening! Thank you! Just now two cubs are rasseling on the top shelf. One is small, fearless. Reminds me of when I learned to SMASH in badminton! She’ll be a great momma.

  14. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    The cubs who were rasseling on the shelf beside the ball are now napping. It was four playing earlier, including the little black cub — and it’s still four. They’re tuckered!

  15. Jen C. says:

    Denise – I’m curious about the 3 Paradise cubs. Do you still think they are siblings? I wasn’t sure why this was thought to be the case since #3 was found a few weeks later. Did they seem to recognize each other when #3 arrived? Thanks.

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      I’m not sure they’re siblings either. I asked Fish & Wildlife if they knew for sure but think it was more ” speculation”. Also notice he doesn’t mingle much yet so either he forgot he had siblings or these are not related to him! So without DNA testing we’ll never know! We had a pair found by their dead Mom a few years back & one was tiny & the other was huge- 2 different colors & again we ” assumed” they were siblings but never found out for sure. The mystery of wildlife rehab!

  16. Nadine says:

    This is an amazing cam. I could watch them play all day!

  17. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Oh, wow! One cub is on the platform trying to climb the wall. The little black cub is learning about good things to eat that used to be alive. It looks like an unborn fawn. Such things are donated for just this purpose. Another cub has joined him. Now they’ve dragged it out of camera range.

  18. Chris says:

    Oh love to watch bears at play. Looks like one of the bears might be Cinder?? If so, good to see her doing so well.

    • Bobbie D. says:

      Cinder is in the Bobcat cage on camera 4 and 7

    • Geri Sullivan says:

      I have a new 10 week old puppy. Cutest thing in the world. It is so hard to imagine that Tahoe was half her size when she arrived at LTWC. Please tell me more about Tahoe and how she is doing? I don’t see her pacing as much as she use to, so that must be a good thing. And Brockway is pretty small too, how is he/she doing?? Always looking forward to an update!
      Geri

      • Denise@LTWC says:

        Tahoe is doing MUCH better! Once in a while she paces a bit but started wrestling with a few of the bears ( she has a crush on the black one I think!) a few weeks ago & seems to realize she’s ” one of the gang”! She has come a long way hasn’t she? Brockway was just a little too timid to mingle yet so she has her own enclosure for a bit till she gains more weight & gets more confident! With this many cubs and all the different personalities it’s a challenging process to keep everyone happy!

        • Denise@LTWC says:

          Oh wait – Brockway is a HE not a she! I’ll never keep this straight LOL!

          • Geri Sullivan says:

            Thank you Denise! My sister is Denise and turns 50 today! Glad to hear Tahoe is doing well. I thought I saw Brockway with the other bears for awhile, but he seemed so small compared to the others. They are all growing like crazy and I could only imagine how intimidating it would be to be around a bunch of bear cubs all at once.
            Geri

          • Geri Sullivan says:

            Can anyone say how the Brockway bear cub is doing with the big cubs? And how about Tahoe? They are all getting so big!

  19. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    A volunteer just finished in here, after cleaning and setting out treats. Looks like Brockway stayed on the top shelf while she worked. Then just now the rest of the gang came in and found the goodies. Oh, boy! Looks like fish in the pool and elsewhere. Looks like Brockway has a fish! This place is jumpin’!

  20. Elisabeth says:

    I found your site by following Cinder’s story. You are doing such wonderful work in caring for and rehabilitating these dear cubs, and all the animals in your care.

    • Mimi at Tahoe says:

      Good morning, Elizabeth! Thanks for your kind words! Yes, it’s uplifting to watch the cubs play. They arrive underweight, hurt, traumatized — and pretty soon they’re healing, growing, getting frisky. Everybody just wants to LIVE! . . . Looks like Brockway cub up on shelf and is that Tahoe doing her dance routine at bottom of screen?

  21. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    One cub napping on the top shelf just now. Tires not even swinging, but the cub shifted, so it’s real. Cool and muggy today with more thunder storms expected. Weird weather! Only one cub!!! Where is everybody?

  22. Kim says:

    Which cub is being kept alone in the play area with the door closed? Its so nice to see all of the other cubs cuddling together in the sleeping area.

    • KC says:

      looks like Brockway is there now. Cinders is in where he was in 4 or 7. They are sure moving the bears around. Cinders is getting around pretty well though.

  23. Vicki E - Tucson, AZ says:

    Wish I knew what the little guy was playing with in the lower left corner. He is having a lot of fun with it, whatever it is!

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      Vicki- 2 new bear toys ! The one in the lower left is a Kong toy stuffed with goodies- put there to help block Tahoe pacing & it seems to be working! Today we just put in a horse toy ( looks like a fire hydrant on its side) that dispenses food as its rolled around. It caused a ( almost) bear riot the first hour or so but seems like things have settled down for now. There WILL be some action soon as we are shifting bears around as we just got in cub #11 – believed to be the Paradise twins 3′rd sibling. Never a dull moment!

      • KC says:

        Denise wow 11 bears, is the new one that you think is a sibling of the Paradise bears a male or female and when do we get to see him/her?

        • Denise@LTWC says:

          I don’t think we know the sex yet- came JUST as I was leaving today so we need a vet check before we introduce
          Him/ her to everyone but news people from Reno were there so THEY probably know more then me LOL!!!

      • Mimi at Tahoe says:

        Many thanks, Denise! I know how hard you work — and to be our reporter on the ground as well — just great!

  24. Bobbie D. says:

    The race is on this afternoon. The cubbies must have eaten jumping beans for brunch today because they have been racing from one room to the other chasing and wrestling each other. So nice to see all of the kids acting like real fierce bears.

  25. KC says:

    Looks like Paradise (Female) is in here and Brockway is in the Bobcat enclosure.

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      I’m not working there today so ” thought” they might be changing bears around! Guess I’ll get the scoop tomorrow! Nothing stays the same for long at that place LOL!!!

  26. Denise@LTWC says:

    I WATCHED Tahoe wrestle with another bear today! I was over to drop off crawdads for them & couldn’t believe my eyes! She bit him ( green tag but cant remember if its right or left ear?) in the back to initiate the play & it was ” game on” for quite a while as they wrestled ! It was out of camera range but my great nephew got a video of it on his camera so as soon as he gets it to me we’ll post it! She’s got a way to go but is turning into a proper bear!

    • KC says:

      Looking forward to the video Denise. Tahoe is coming around to standing her ground. Will Paradise (female) and Brockway be with other bears soon? Hope that Brockway is getting bigger. Can see that Paradise is chewing on things so guess her mouth is healing up.

      • Denise@LTWC says:

        Waiting till Paradise gets a vet/ dental check to move her over with the others. She’s doing very well & eats almost anything ((including about half a dozen pools!) which is a good sign! Brockway is starting to eat much better but because he’s so small might group some of the smaller ones together in the Bobcat cage for a while. Still trying to figure out what’s best for all the bears!

  27. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    One cub on top level enjoying a fish. Who’s that? I miss working here. Will hurry back ASAP.

  28. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    What a happy picture! Barrel swinging, tires swinging, sunbeams bouncing all over, bear cubs all over, fish in the pool . . . and now they’ve found the fish! Fish gone from the pool, often dragged off to a nice spot for a bear to enjoy it.

  29. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Well, the door is down and SEVEN cubs are jumping around waiting for it to come up so they can eat! Meanwhile, they’re running up and down, pushing the tires, holding the big ball. One cub leaned out and touched the wall from the log bridge and then was not sure how to get back in balance. Tahoe was investigating the closed door when the coal black cub approached and seemed to have a word with her. A friend commented that he is befriending her and helping her adjust to life in the bear house. . . . and the door just opened and there they go! And now here’s Barry on this side. Happy Sunday, everybody!

    • KC says:

      Mimi think that Tahoe is coming around slowly have seen her sleeping near other bears and interacting with others. I’ve seen her stand up on her hind legs towards others. She does still pace but not always, she has lots of energy. Would love to see her with Paradise female to see how they get along. That female has issues with wanting to chew on things. Just hope that her mouth heals up so she can go with the other bears. I am surprised she is coping without her brother. And Brockway needs to come join them too. :-)

      • Mimi at Tahoe says:

        Hi, KC! You are most observant! Wherever you are, you can certainly help animals with that talent! See my reply to Geri recently. I hear talk; good smart people are watching. But I’m just a lucky peon. What do I know? Nothing! Bobbi has noticed the coal black cub befriending Tahoe. I saw him intervene and distract her as she paced, waiting for the door to open. As for the little girl with the hurt mouth, maybe what you observe is part of her mouth healing. She was kept apart because nobody could tell if she (or the brother) was getting her medicine and pain-killer while brother was with her. The Powers That Be will see your comments. With the cameras off right now, they just might be moving cubs as we speak! My old computer doesn’t do FB, and that’s where Tom often puts updates — when he isn’t carrying bears around! Have you read the book “Smiling Bears”? Take care!

        • KC says:

          Mimi thank you! Glad you do share some things and yes you are lucky to be there helping the animals. The bears are getting bigger everyday. Nice to see them when they are all together. Nothing new is on Facebook. I’m able to just see the main page and some responses. I am looking forward to the new property. So all you people who are helping care for the animals thank you ;-)

  30. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    I’ve no idea how it is for the cubs. Of course each one is an individual. You can almost watch them grow as the tires get smaller and the high shelves easier to reach. My favorite time to watch is when they’re just chilling, doing their bear business, on the long warm afternoons. Someone donated several new red apple-smell balls — actually a horse toy — for them.

    • JK says:

      Hi, could you give an update on little Tahoe? It seems like her pacing has gotten better. Before, it seemed she was doing it almost every time I checked the webcam in the evening. But now I don’t see it anymore… :) Please let us know, how wonderful if she’s gotten used to her brothers and sisters, and has learned to “chill.” Sooo adorable…

      • Geri Sullivan says:

        Hello,
        Can anyone tell us what’s up with the 9th Brockway cub and where he is? When will the Paradise female be placed with the other bears? She looks like she is ready for some fun. And how is Tahoe dealing with her growing family of siblings?
        Thanks,
        Geri

        • Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

          Geri, I fed the little boy midday Wednesday, and he couldn’t wait to dive into the milk (which probably had baby cereal stirred into it — Cheryl’s magic)! He is responding very well. Denise mentioned a possible shuffle of cubs into and out of the bear house so that the most vigorous ones are in the bear house and the others will get all the nourishment they need together elsewhere, i.e., bobcat house. These things are decided hourly — by people who are way too busy to keep the rest of us apprised. I’ve been sick since Thursday. Thank you for your interest! Maybe more info on FB.

  31. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Barry and a lady volunteer are really giving the playroom a going-over! Poop everywhere! When the people finally go, the bears will have as clean a home as most people — except for the Krispy treats scattered around, and peanut butter and honey smeared on the logs. They’re refilling the pool and will put some frozen fish, which the cubs relish. Thanks, guys!

  32. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Three cheers for the morning shift! Today was my first morning. 8-12. We did the playroom first, put out peanut butter and marshmallow treats, refilled the pool and put fish. Then everybody but two little brothers rushed in there and the door went down. They watched as we made the other two rooms nice. We put the food out and didn’t open the electric door to let the others in. So the shy ones got first dibs on the lovely salad! . . . I woke up at 4 asking myself Did we ever raise the door? Guess somebody did. . . . Lots and lots going on. Very hot! Looks like another little cub . . . What a wonderful undertaking this is!

    • Deanna says:

      Thanks Mimi :) That is great you get to volunteer and got to go into the bears house. I would say lucky you but I can only imagine the smell with all these cubs and the heat combined. They sure are going to keep all you volunteers busy this year with all these bears this year.

      • Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

        Yes indeed, Deanna — lucky me! The smell is not bad! It’s hot and humid with little flying things, but for me the hardest part is that the floors are slippery — treacherous! I’m an old lady. And so lucky to work beside youngsters 15-50 who will take over in the wildlife rehab effort. My computer doesn’t do FB, so if any news was posted about the new 9th cub, I’d love to hear it. I go back tomorrow, tho. The little thing drank milk and moved from one kennel to the other when we cleaned the one. . . . Denise showed us her non-slip rubbery things (like men’s over-shoes from the 1940′s) that go over any civilian shoes — under $20 from Shoes for Crews, in black or white. Great for restaurant workers et al. I’ve been wearing snow boots. . . . If these cubs could have stayed in the wild, their poop would have been no problem at all.

    • Bobbie D. says:

      Mimi, I’ll send you what was posted.
      It was so nice to see 7 little cubbies having breakfast together and no pushing or shoving to get thru the door when it went up.

    • Linda says:

      I wondered if those were fish (yesterday morning), and what was placed on the logs for treats. They sure figured it out quickly. Glad the other two had first dibs on something too! Amazing that they have so much energy in the heat.

      • Deanna says:

        The bear league had a cute video of the 9th cub they posted the day they saved her. She looked so lost and afraid and what a rough beginning of her life she had. It least she was found and is going to grow up playing with all the other bears here. Be careful in there Mimi because slipping in there could really hurt you! I do have to say it is great you are doing it because now we get to hear from you how it feels to be inside with all these cuties.

  33. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Tahoe is okay. Like all of us, she’s a work in progress. I was so fortunate as to work there last evening. Be assured that Tahoe is being watched constantly and very much cared about. I have not heard anybody say “this is what’s wrong” — only hopes for all of the cubs, a wait and see mode, just like we do for our kids and grand-kids. . . . There is always one cub in the Bear House who will howl and pace and bang on the door when it’s down! . . . Two newly-arrived cubs are in the Bobcat House. The little girl is injured in her mouth. They’re siblings from Paradise, CA. Thank you for your concern, Kim, Deanna, Linda. God bless!

  34. Kim says:

    Is that Tahoe running back and forth? Is she okay? why is she doing this?

  35. Deanna says:

    Is this Tahoe who is keeps pacing back and forth on the log over the water tub in here? I see a bear right there pacing back and forth every time I look at this camera. Does she calm down and play or it least hang out with the other bears at all? It makes feel very sad if it is Tahoe because I was hoping she would be happy once she got friends to play with.

    • Linda G says:

      I’ve been wondering that too – she did some pacing when she was in the earlier, smaller enclosure by herself. Poor thing – hope she can become less skittish and adjust to the other cubs over time.

  36. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Looks like the door is down and everybody is in the playroom. One cub dozing on the high shelf. One running back and forth, around and around — really peppy or . . .? Agitated? What a happy scene! Hard to see ear tags, tho the really black cub is easy to spot.

  37. Kat, NC says:

    For those asking where they came from, here’s info from LTWC on Facebook:

    ‘Tahoe’ arrived on April 15th. I am ‘certain’ that you have already heard of her! The last three arrived on Saturday night, June 21st (Meyers cub) and two arrived Tuesday morning, June 24th (Conway Summit cubs). Dr. Kevin Willitts (Alpine Animal Hospital) arrived at LTWC this morning (Thursday, June 26th) at 9am and knocked out all four cubs, drew blood, gave a thorough exam and placed ear tags on all. Today was the first day they were placed in our BEAR Cage and with each other. Tahoe and the two ‘Conway’ cubs were with each other for the past 2 days, but, today, all three were greeted with ‘Meyers’, who was hit by a car in the town of ‘Meyers’, a community in South Lake Tahoe, last Saturday night. NOW – - – the fun part begins with the Rehabilitation.

    And then there were Six!! The two newest bear cubs arrived on Sunday, June 29th at LTWC, which now brings our ‘current’ total to six. The two newest ones came from the rousing metropolis of Bieber, CA, with a population of 312 as of the 2010 census. Unfortunately for them, they saw their mom hit by a car and killed. Calif. F & W had the cubs transported to LTWC on the 29th, where Dr. Willitts examined them, found them to be in good health and gave us the OK to place them in with the other four cubs in the BEAR Cage. You can watch all SIX cubs on our webcam by going to ‘www.ltwc.org’, then click on Cam 1, Cam2 or Cam3 under the ‘webcams’ tab on any page. They will be with us until next January or February – - at the least. NOW – - – Tahoe has someone to play with – - – finally.
    — at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Inc.

    • Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

      Many thanks, Kat! My old computer just can’t do FB — he starts grinding like a cement mixer! For me, this site is Where-It’s-At!

  38. Kat says:

    Two bears on each cam at the minute — wish I knew which were which. Looks like maybe the two in here are the new twins who lost mom. 2 in the sleeping room, one sleeping, one licking its leg. And two playing and eating in the feeding area.

    All 6 look pretty secure, which is a plus. Can’t wait til they all play together.

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      Kat- 2 lightest cubs ( & smallest) are from Conway. 2 latest cubs – one is coal black & the other brown are the ones from Beiber. Tahoe has a red ear tag in her right ear ( I have a hard time seeing ear tag colors on the webcam) & Meyers is hanging out with her & the biggest & maybe a smidgen darker.

  39. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Very sunny at the moment. Anyone else remember an old hit song by Gale Garnett that went, “We’ll sing in the sunshine, we’ll laugh every day . . . ” then something about how you went away. What a great start they’re getting! [Really? SIX?]

    • Kat says:

      Dolly Parton wrote it I believe — very fitting for the bears :)

      (Gale Garnett)

      We’ll sing in the sunshine
      We’ll laugh every day
      We’ll sing in the sunshine
      And I’ll be on my way

      I will never love you
      The cost of love’s too dear
      But though I’ll never love you
      I’ll live with you one year

      And we will sing in the sunshine
      We’ll laugh every day
      We’ll sing in the sunshine
      And I’ll be on my way

      I’ll sing to you each morning
      I’ll kiss you every night
      But darlin’, don’t cling to me
      I’ll soon be out of sight

      But we can sing in the sunshine
      We’ll laugh every day
      We’ll sing in the sunshine
      And I’ll be on my way

      My daddy he once told me
      Hey, don’t you love you any man
      Just take what they can give you
      And give but what you can

      And you can sing in the sunshine
      We’ll laugh every day
      We’ll sing in the sunshine
      And I’ll be on my way

      And when our year has ended
      And I have gone away
      I’ll often speak about you
      And this is what I’ll say

      You know we sang in the sunshine
      We laughed every day
      We sang in the sunshine
      Then I went on my way

      Read more: Dolly Parton – We’ll Sing In The Sunshine Lyrics | MetroLyrics

  40. KC says:

    Well I see 2 new bears, so now there are 6. Where did these come from? They are up moving around now. Tahoe you have more new friends now. :-) Looking forward to them all playing and being friendly. Don’t think this is all either. It is just getting started. Sleep well little ones.

    • Linda G says:

      That’s a lot of cubs all of a sudden. Little Tahoe (not so little anymore!) is trying to keep her distance in the sleeping area; the other big cub just climbed up to her ledge. After 2-1/2 months it must be quite an adjustment to have other cubs around. Maybe her curiosity will kick in again soon!

    • KC says:

      Are the last 2 cubs male or female? Sure are curious. All the cubs are settling in. am enjoying watching them. Thank You :-)

  41. Kat, SC says:

    The new cubs are so little, nice to see life in here again. Can’t wait til all 4 are comfy together and play and cuddle.

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      So nice to see Tahoe settling in- playing in the pool & galloping around in fun! Can’t wait till she takes on ” the boys” & starts playing! She’ll give them a good run!

  42. Kathleen Smith says:

    Where’s Tahoe?

    • Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

      Kathleen, from watching webcams yesterday and Deanna’s observations, if the two sides of the bear house are still blocked off, we decided Tahoe is on the bedroom/food room side along with a larger cub who was hit by a car but is fine. And these two are the little brothers, quite small orphans. The doors were down yesterday. I don’t know what Cheryl has planned. It will be fun to follow and see.

      • Denise@LTWC says:

        The door between the feed & play area are down for a bit when the bowls of formula are being served! Tahoe still drinks it & the two Conway cubs are so small at 14 pounds each Cheryl wants them to put a few pounds on! If the door isn’t shut Tahoe will eat it ALL!!! Bear dynamics- gotta love it!

  43. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    No ad, no bear — just sunshine, a lovely clean pool, swinging tires and the door is open. Is Tahoe going to be in here all by herself? Or are there other cubs expected? Probably so. Gotta be ready for anything, huh, Tom!

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      Hang tight! May be some roommates for Tahoe soon!

      • Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

        Hi, Denise! Yes! Yes! Yes! FOUR cubs total is what I heard last evening. I went out to sign up, say hello. Dr. Willets is examining the three new cubs this morning and then they go in the bear house with no pecking order — just a happy childhood and we get to watch them push the tires and grow and grow. We’ll be picking out the little girl and asking about the others. . . . Not being on FB, I also learned that our precious leaders hit a deer which totaled their car and the deer — but not them! I didn’t ask, “Are YOU okay?” and they sure didn’t whine, but an impact like that (except for the drunks who stay relaxed) makes a person tighten up muscles they didn’t know they had and feel sore for days. There’s a place near Mount Shasta, the road to McCloud, which is famous because the deer come out at dusk and too many people have hit them and died also. Thank you, God, for this protection!

  44. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Good morning, bears! Oops! Looks like two volunteers and Tom working. Sure there’s a story here!

  45. KC says:

    Heavenly is not forgotten, he is a good looking bear. If people had NOT FED HIM he would be out smelling the flowers. But he is here (thankfully) so I am still enjoying seeing him.

    • KC says:

      Glad that Heavenly has a new home with other bears to be with. Will miss seeing him here though. (((hugs))) to Heavenly in his new home.

      • Joanna says:

        Wishing Heavenly a wonderful life in his new home in AZ. I have enjoyed seeing him here recuperate from his injuries and wait for his permanent home. Big thanks to the Bear League and LTWC for ensuring his safety!

  46. Deanna says:

    Any luck at finding Heavenly a new home? It is sad he is such a big bear cub because if you get more cubs in this year isn’t he too big to be homed with the new ones?

  47. KC says:

    Heavenly is content now. Hope everyone one gets DO NOT FEED THE BEARS! I was so happy he was released and very distraught to see him back. But glad he is here. He was treated well and healed up nicely. Wishing you all the best Heavenly (((hugs)))

  48. Tina, Redding, CA says:

    Thank You, Thank You Tom & Cheryl for taking Heavenly Cub back in your care until the Bear League can find a permanent home for him! It’s a GOOD day!!! Welcome back Heavenly! You are safe now.

  49. KC says:

    How did the release go with Truckee, Meeks and Heavenly, and how much did they weigh? Hope they are enjoying their freedom.

  50. KC says:

    See that Meeks, Truckee and Heavenly are gone. Hope they enjoy their freedom of being wild and free. Thank you everyone.

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      Yes – they were all released today. Heavenly in one area & the other 2 in a different location. Should be updates as the day progresses! They were getting restless- time for them to go out on their own! No rest for LTWC this year with bears with our new arrival a week ago!

      • Deanna says:

        I am going to miss them but happy they were able to come here and get fat and healthy before they got set free. They must be so happy living the free life again.

  51. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    One cub curled up and sleeping soundly on the high shelf. Lots of poop on the ground. Wild and free soon, kids!

  52. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Wow! A weird movie-length film before finding bears! Strange sunshine effect in the play room, one cub by the red ball, two up on the shelf. Dozing. Shhhhh!

  53. KC says:

    Cameras are off air have been all day. Had been enjoying seeing the 3 bears getting closer to each other . Has been nice to see. Looking forward to seeing more before they are gone.

  54. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Okay, okay, stupid system. Jumping thru your hoops for the third time. This comment no longer inspired. I’ve been watching two round cubs really enjoying eating . . . melon? some critter? Hard to tell. Now two on the high shelf and one walking around doing his bear business. Sunshine slanting in. Happy spring, ositos!

  55. KC says:

    Ok I can see the bears again here, thank you so much. Much easier here.

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      I can see the webcams on my I pad again also YAY! I’ll keep my eye on that door now & make sure it gets opened- Ha Ha!

      • Denise@LTWC says:

        Webcams a black screen again- DARN! That didn’t last long!

        • Bruce Richards says:

          I’ll be up there again next week. If you’re still having issues with your iPad then grab me and I’ll see why it’s having issues with the streams.

  56. Tina, Redding says:

    9:00 p.m. – Yea! Someone “finally” raised the door.

  57. Tina, Redding says:

    Poor Heavenly Cub seems to be locked up in the playroom with the snow covering everything. Did someone forget to raise the door maybe?

  58. KC says:

    Well hope that Lebec has a good life. Saw Meeks, Truckee & Heavenly all sleeping on the same perch together. Was nice. Saw Tom showing someone that too. :-) and taking pictures.

    • Geri Sullivan says:

      Funny how it seems that all the bears are trying to escape, especially the Heavenly Bear. They want to explore the world and be bears! I hope they will do well and be good strong bears, when their chance comes. I love our bears!

  59. Bobbie D says:

    Thanks Tom, wasn’t sure about Heavenly. See ya in July

    • Geri Sullivan says:

      The Heavenly Bear still seems so out of sorts. He’s usually by himself and always stays back when the others are around, even when there’s food around. I feel bad for the poor little/big guy.

      • Denise@LTWC says:

        You are correct about the Heavenly Cub. He’s the ” new kid” and the other 3 have been together 8-9 months. The ” Lebec” cub can get close to him but the other 2 steer clear! When I go in to clean I watch them & Heavenly really makes “warning postures & noises” when the others get near him . Bears have distinct personalities & also are shaped by their past experiences so it is up to them as to how they relate to each other. If they were younger & had more time together I bet they would all become buddies! Fortunately they will all be released soon & can have LOTS of open space to interact with other bears- or not- their choice!

  60. Sue says:

    The google ads on the webcam include ads for Bear Hunting !?!? This is very inappropriate.

  61. KC says:

    The Webcams are not loading, have not for 2 days. Just comes up black, the Ustream does not show on the screen. Missing the bears. Other people are too.

    • Tom @ LTWC says:

      KC, Not sure what is going on. I looked at the web cams from the web site on my computer and it appears to be working adequately. Try refreshing. I will send this note to our web cam guru and see if he has any thoughts for you. Keep watching. The Lebec cub will be released this Tuesday morning. Dr Willitts and I will go in the cage just after 6:30am to get him. Tom

    • Bruce Richards says:

      KC, I’m sorry you’re having problems watching our webcams. The cubs are especially entertaining right now. FYI: I monitor the webcams several times per day I haven’t seen any problems with the streams recently. Our Streaming service “Ustream.tv.” will occasionally have issues, but usually for only a few minutes at a time – an hour at most.

      If you’re seeing a black screen for a prolonged period of time (more than a few minutes) then the problem is most likely with with your network or browser configuration and its ability to display the UStream Flash media streams. You’ll need to check with your service provider to get that resolved.

      When LTWC isn’t streaming or when we have a problem on our end then you’ll get our standard offline message “We’re sorry we’re not broadcasting live at the moment…”. We aren’t currently streaming our cameras 4-9 (because those enclosures are empty right now) so you’ll see that message on those streams to see what I mean.

      - Bruce “webcam guy” Richards

      • Bobbie D says:

        Web cams have been working great here the past few days since cam #4 is back on.

      • KC says:

        Well I’m able to see the webcams on Ustreams site. They’ve done something so I can’t here.

        • Denise@LTWC says:

          I’m having the same issue. Just a black screen from my I Pad that used to be able to watch the webcams just fine? KC are you also using a pad to ” try” to watch the cams?

          • KC says:

            Yes Denise I am on an iPad other family members can’t get it either. Unless its a newer one. Can’t view on laptop either. So I’ve been going to their site then coming over here to post my responses. I liked it before. Glad it is not only me. By the way thank you for feeding and taking care of the bears. Was wondering if you were the one. 0-: )

          • Bruce Richards says:

            Hmmm… Very strange. I’ve never seen the issue myself, so I’m not sure what could be the issue.

            Let me know if the black screen happens before or after you get the initial advertisement video from Ustream. That could be a clue as to what’s happening. I have seen situations where the Ustream service has problems with their advertisement servers, and those operate differently on our LTWC site versus Ustream.tv. That can cause the video window to go black. So, let me know and we’ll take it from there. If the problem is on the Ustream end then there isn’t much we can do about it.

            Also, the smartphone app for Ustream does a good job with out camera streams, too. And, you can avoid the advertisements on the phones while you can’t on the websites.

            Bruce.

      • KC says:

        Bruce the screen is black like a chalkboard is not loading anything, no commercials, no bears or anything. It is like that on all webcams. I know if something is not viewable it would tell you it was off . Was viewable before. Hope you can figure it out. Thank you!

  62. Deanna says:

    It is so nice to see all of them awake and playing around again. I hope Heavenly makes friends with them and gets to play with other bears before they are all released.

  63. Bobbie D says:

    Heavenly enjoying the sunshine by him/her self while the other 3 cubs nap on the shelf in the sleeping room. Waiting for buffet lunch perhaps.

  64. KC says:

    Well nice to see all 4 bears sleeping in the same room here.

  65. Tina, Redding says:

    A nice lady was in to clean. Heavenly cub is now shut up in the Play area with his own stockpile of food and the other 3 cubs are in the Feeding area with their own stockpile of food. All is well. Heavenly cub should feel much better now. Thank you LTWC! By the way the time on this message board is still an hour off. It is now 2:15 p.m.

  66. Tina, Redding says:

    I hope someone at LTWC reads this – I don’t think Heavenly Cub is eating. He’s been in the Play Area since most or all day yesterday and he’s still there this afternoon. He’s not going into the Feeding Area as long as the 3 other cubs are in there. You may want to keep an eye on him.

    • Denise says:

      Thanks for your concern! We ALSO noticed Heavenly was having trouble getting his share of food ( even though he gained over 20 pounds in the first 2 weeks we’ve had him!) He LOVES to eat ( what bear doesn’t?) so we now give him some “private time” to eat with a closed door before they all mingle again. The smallest cub is one of the most feisty of the 3 & out of all of them has the “biggest” attitude! “Small Bear Complex” I suppose!

  67. KC says:

    All the bears are eating now. And enjoying it. Must be getting closer to being released.

    • Denise says:

      You are so right! Just TODAY we started cleaning up their bedding & gave them their first food ( lettuce) & tomorrow will clean up their feed area. The bear from Southern Calif is scheduled to be transported back to where he (she?) came from in a few weeks so want to get a bit of weight on them before release. They all look great after their LONG nap!

  68. Marcia Hopkins says:

    Watching a little snow coming down. Hope the bears are cozy.

  69. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    System works fine this morning, but no bears! They must be in the dining room!

  70. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Tried again. Damned blue wheel!

  71. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    So we get hours of advertising and then the blue wheel and no bears???
    No thanks, UStream!

  72. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Every year about this time, the cubs on camera spend a lot of their time sniffing the air and looking around. Something’s up! Snow! Food supply! Straw delivery! Big changes! Just now two cubs were on the high shelf. Another is sitting beside the red ball eating something, working on a drumstick or some such. Handsome critters just chilling. Nobody told them K-Mart opened at 6 a.m. this morning!

  73. Bobbie D says:

    All 3 cubs trying to lay in the sun on the top shelf.
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May you have a day enjoying family and friends.

  74. Kat says:

    Aww look, the biggest cubby is sitting and playing with the apple ball. They’ve all gravitated to that over the years. Amazing how much they’ve grown.

    Happy Turkey Day!

  75. Joanna says:

    I see snow in the play area!!! When do cubs start hibernating? They are just so cute…I’ve really enjoyed watching them grow this summer/fall.

  76. Kat says:

    Hmmm bear wandering from room to room, wanting more food perhaps?

  77. Marcia Hopkins says:

    Read in the paper about a bear cub whose mom and sibling were killed by a car around Reno. Still on its own. Hope they find it and bring it to you for the best care.

    • Deanna says:

      I read about the bears getting killed too up near Verdi. I hope they find the remaining cub soon before the big snows start. Poor little cubbie :(

      • Michelle says:

        they caught the cub yesterday….not clear if Tom and Cheryl will get the cub….NDOW may take it to Animal Ark.

        • Michelle says:

          NDoW took cub to Animal Ark. Possible 3rd cub still out there.
          Article and video on NDoW fb and RGJ website

          • Deanna says:

            I am so happy they got the cub and hopefully if there is another cub out there they will find it too. Hopefully the animal ark will take good care of the cub.

  78. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Now all three cubs are up on the high shelf just hanging out. [Where's Goldilocks!] They’re really brothers now. They’re taking LTWC’s good care and creating a happy childhood for themselves, a memory of enough food, rasseling, tire swings, good stuff coming from logs, good stuff in the water . . .

  79. Marcia Hopkins says:

    Sorry I haven’t been here for a while. All three cubs are adorable. So fun to watch them play.

  80. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Buenos dias, ositos!!! All three are jostling each other on the top shelf. Now one cub has moved down toward the pool. Bright sunshine streaming in. And where are the people? Stoopid people gaming on FB when they can be watching real bears growing and playing! We are so lucky to have this cam system! Not much longer before denning! A last chance to administer cursor pats, contemplate authentic. Wild. Life. And send best wishes.

    • Deanna says:

      Too funny you mention curser pats Mimi because I do that lots around here while wishing they were real pats. I have been busy working and don’t get to watch these three as much as I wished I could.

    • Bobbie D says:

      I’m here quite often just being quiet for a change and watching the 3 kids bond and grow.

  81. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Now the pale kid is back on the shelf with the red ball. The other two are rasseling! Not well matched as to size, but the big kid is getting a good run for his munny! Whee! Only 5-6 weeks until denning!

  82. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Little pale bear playing on the shelf, really swinging the red ball. Then big dark bear brings his fish up there right in front of the red ball. Little pale bear watches for a while and finally grabs the ball again. But the big bear is really in the way. Finally big bear leaves the shelf. Little pale bear eats the leftover bits of fish and takes up where he left off with the ball. He’s a wirey little guy! Meanwhile the third bear has been swinging a tire and exploring the crossbar under the shelf. It is so human to want to hug them! Two still are not very big! . . . Volunteer luncheon tomorrow! I can’t wait to be with these dear people (and critters) — and hear the news.

  83. Sandra Walker says:

    Awesome to watch these bear cubs. Thanks for the laughs Charlie, blondie bear and littlest bear.

  84. Bobbie D says:

    The cubs think because it is Saturday night that they can play late into the night in the playroom. Just like kids.

  85. Kat says:

    Three cutie bears sitting proud and high, too bad the newest one still stays slightly away by himself. I guess the other two have firmly bonded and he’s a bit of a loner? At least they all look healthy and happy! Ya’ll are right though, the middle bear (the tiny one) never has caught up in size. Guess they come in all shapes and sizes like we do.

  86. Sandra Walker says:

    Wonderful to see them interacting and playing together.

    • Joanna says:

      Yay! They are so cute together. Just watched all 3 of them huddle up together for a group photo. So wonderful to see the 3rd cub accepted by the other two. So happy for all of them. Thanks to LTWC for such great care of these cute cubs!

    • Joy Smith says:

      Sooo CUTE! What big babies!

  87. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Bears? Bears? Isn’t anybody watching the cubs? The camera was down yesterday. Nobody has posted in a long time. ?Que pasa? I hoped to see the little guy with the broken leg playing happily with his friends. . . I heard he had left the cast alone and graduated successfully. God bless!

    • Kat says:

      Mimi, i’m so glad he is no longer alone :)

      • Deanna says:

        I have been watching the bears when I can and today I finally got to see all of them together. It does look like the one with the cast is still not buddies with the other two but it least they all three have been in the same room together.

  88. Michelle says:

    Awww…..Truckee cub just wants to be friends!

    • Joanna says:

      He sure is trying hard…hope the other 2 cubs warm up to him soon. They are all such cuties and I can’t wait to see them playing together!

  89. Vicki E - Tucson says:

    Sorry to have missed the family reunion. You all had been in my thoughts and prayers. Wish we could have been there! Miss you all!

  90. SC says:

    5 years ago today, Lil Smoky was rescued. Memories, memories… Thank you Adam Deem! Thank you Tom & Cheryl and LTWC Volunteers!
    I don’t comment often, but I’m a frequent visitor to this site. It is always a joy to look in on these amazing bears and watch them grow.
    STB and bear hugs.

  91. Mimi - South lake Tahoe, CA says:

    Wow! Sure enough two cubs! I grew up in Bakersfield, always going back over the “Ridge” to grandmother’s house. At Lebec there’s a sign about how Peter Lebec killed a “bar.” I always felt bad for that “bar”! Better to end up here. So their happy childhood is working out pretty good.

  92. Kat says:

    UHOH, looks like a bird got in and is not sure how to get out.

  93. Deanna says:

    I have been busy with work and just noticed there are now two bears in here. Where did the second bear come from and how long has it been here? They are sure playful little bears!

    • Denise says:

      Yes there are 2 cubs now. We just got the ” new” cub (left ear tag) from Lebec near Bakersfield. He was found alone at about 16 pounds / spent a few days at CALM wildlife park (also a few hours in a tree after escaping!) and was brought to LTWC Thurs. The first day or so the two weren’t too sure of each other ( funny to watch) but now they are buddies and are glad to have each other’s company!

  94. Michelle says:

    In less than 24 hours, they are best buddies!

  95. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    They’re frisky this morning! Tires swinging and kids running up and down that log! It’s a gorgeous morning here. These kids will be out in the wild before they can even dream! Meanwhile . . . a little more happy childhood!

    • Deanna says:

      Silly bears are just walking in circles up the big log, to the shelf and then back down the other side. It is cute when the little sister has to stop and spin around backwards to get off the top shelf to the bottom one. I am going to miss these two but knowing they are healthy and running free is a great thing to know. They are going to love it!

  96. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Today is one of Tahoe’s few gloomy days.l Rain that wants to be snow. No bears!

  97. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    We have two beautiful bears sniffing around and walking the logs! Big storm last night. Thunder and lightning! I’m reading a book called Smiling Bears, by a clever and compassionate zoo-keeper, Canadian woman. She works to establish relationships with her bears. It is fascinating to read what various types of individual bears will do when treated well, their little games and tricks. These kids are standing on the upper ledge, sniffing all around — using their noses the way we use our eyes, to size up the scene. Beautiful bears with a whole new life in store for them! Amazing that bears can pig out all summer, roll in the hay, sleep all winter, and be fit for wilderness life come spring! Sure doesn’t work for people!

  98. Kat,NC says:

    Awww I think they are liking their new “home”. Saw them exploring earlier, and one still is while the other naps.

  99. Deanna says:

    Oh my goodness Ally and the Truckee bear must be who I am seeing in here today. I see someone under the shelf in the feeding room with it eyes open, maybe the little Luther bear wondering what the heck these bears are doing awake. Hope all of them soon will be back sleeping soon.

  100. Tom Millham says:

    It is now 10:30pm on Friday, November 16, 2012. Last night, we got in yet another cub from F & G. This one came from the town of Llano, CA (east and south of Palmdale and Lancaster).
    This little girl is very similar to the Ojai female cub we got in almost exactly one month earlier (Oct. 16th). Ojai came in at 11 pounds and Llano came in at 12.1 pounds. Other than some mites, she was in fairly good shape.
    This afternoon, we put Llano into the bobcat cage AND, at the same time, we took Ojai out of the raccoon cage and put her into the bobcat cage. After about 30 minutes of facing each other (within a per carrier), we opened the doors and let them get ‘close’ to each other.
    By the way – - – Ojai now weighs 22 pounds. She has doubled her weight over the past 4 weeks. Llano is lighter in color and has a patch of fur missing due to F & G taking a sample of the mites. Ojai is almost black in color.
    The other seven cubs had their last meal last Monday (November 12th), ate some tree branches on Tuesday and were introduced to pine needles and straw on Wednesday. They are doing fairly well, for some first year cubs which all of a sudden have no food.
    Bruce did some ‘management’ of the cameras today. Since there are no birds or animals in the raccoon cage, nor the flight area, he had deleted cameras 5, 6, 8 & 9. So, effective today, the only cameras (and their descriptions) which are working on our web site are; 1 (Play Area – BEAR Cage), 2 (Feed Area – BEAR Cage), 3 (Den – BEAR Cage), 4 (Bobcat Cage) and 7 (Looking at LTWC’s back yard).

  101. Tom Millham says:

    Are you ready for some fun??? Well, it may be ‘fun’ for us, BUT – - – for our seven bear cub in the BEAR Cage at LTWC, it is not so much fun for them.

    We are putting them into hibernation. Yesterday (Monday, 11-12-12), they ate their ‘Last Supper’. Today, they were introduced to some green tree limbs, supplied to LTWC by Ed Cook of Ed Cook’s Tree Service in South Lake Tahoe. The cubs knew exactly what to do with the limbs. They started chewing them.

    What ‘was’ about 2 ½ buckets of poop a few short weeks ago, was less than 1/3 bucket today. Tomorrow, we will introduce the straw and pine needles to the ‘Magnificent Seven’ and they will begin their time in ‘Slumberland’.

    Although, we never know. For those of you who have been around since Li’l Smokey, you remember the ‘Six Pack’. There was ‘ONE’ cub who didn’t want to sleep. SHE – - – the Yosemite little girl – - – wanted to play ‘Slap the Bear’!!! None of them got much sleep when she wanted to play.

    Well, this should be entertaining AND educational. Be sure to watch on our web site (http://www.ltwc.org/?page_id=934) and see just ‘how’ and ‘where’ they decide to ‘make their bed’.

    Tom

  102. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    All 7 bears are in the playroom! Too bad their happy childhood can’t just go on and on. Little do they know their first denning (hibernation) is just around the corner. Food has already been cut back. Tomorrow is their last meal! No, this only sounds cruel! They will have branches to gnaw on — the bark plugs up the system, so no more poop for awhile. Hay will be delivered for bedding material. We can watch them push that around. They will have water available, but very soon they will be huddled together mostly sleeping. A couple at a time may play a bit or go get water, but it’s mostly snoozing and the picture will be rather dark. . . . I miss Lencho! He wrote poetry for L’il Smokey! And long-time watchers will remember L’il Smokey at this stage beginning denning. He looked all over his “studio” for leftover food. He was thrilled to find a neglected carrot in one corner! He had not liked carrots, but that carrot made him happy. Sweet dreams, cubs!

    • Deanna B. says:

      I am looking forward to seeing them go into hibernation but I am a little sad because they sure are fun to watch when they play. I will miss them when they are gone.
      Do they know what they are going to do with the little Luther girl yet? I hope she dont miss her brother too much when he isnt with her anymore.

    • Bobbie D says:

      Seems like yesterday that the Lil Smokey family were all glued to the web cam watching to see what Lil Smokey would do when he didn’t get his dinner. Dang it, now the tears are flowing when I picture how smug and proud of himself he was finding that dried out carrot under the pallet. Sure wish Lencho would join us once again with his beautiful writings.

  103. Deanna B. says:

    Oh NOOO! There is a bear way up on the wall of the room and the other bears just scared it into the corner above the big water bath. I hope it isnt the little Luther girl because I cant see her anywhere and she gets hurt falling down because the bears are all standing up making it crawl way up there.

    • Deanna B. says:

      It wasnt her but I still hope the bear who was up there didnt hurt itself when it came down rather hard on its butt.

  104. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    LTWC board meeting last night and your “cub reporter” was there as a guest. The big bears will officially go into denning or hibernation next week. Tom said their last meal is Monday. They’re being fed only once a day now. Cheryl thinks the little girl in here is 50 pounds, but Tom frowned in some disagreement. Of course they are thinking hourly how the little girl can be managed, but don’t forget she tried to kill the smallest cub, Ojai girl! I will blog bobcat news at the bobcat house and Ojai bear news at the raccoon cage. . . . After the meeting, Dr. Willets examined a magnificent eagle who had been hit by a train — or maybe he hit the train. Dr. W. glued a cut over the right eye, put drops in the swollen “compromised” eye, gave him a shot to kill the bugs that began crawling out, checked the beautiful wings, and trimmed some inches off three big feathers that had broken. Good thing Tom is so strong! The feet were taped up beforehand with that tape that sticks to itself, and Tom had quite a job as eagles don’t like people checking them over! Cheryl wrote down the instructions and took charge of the eye drops. And another beautiful creature has a bright future.

    • Saly says:

      Are you sure the girl tried to kill the other bear and wasnt just scared and reacting? Guess if she did then being in with big scary bears isnt unfair.
      Sal

      • Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

        Hi, Sal! I’m not an animal behaviorist, but Cheryl was in the bobcat house with the two when the bigger one pushed the little one to the end of a high shelf and then pushed her to the cement floor below! Cheryl said the fall made a crunching sound. The bigger one had also been bullying the little one, not letting her eat. Whatever the motive, the little kid was losing the fight. It has taken the tiny bear a while to begin to eat well. And the bully has a brother among the large bears in the bear house. He’s smaller than the biggest ones and was an outsider anyway because he was a late-comer, but he appears to watch out for her. Cheryl knows a lot about bear psychology, and this is what worked out.

  105. Sue Morneau says:

    A big THANK – YOU to the nice lady with the ponytail for thinking to feed the little Luther Pass girl separately, she even received her own fish ! I’m so glad to see her eating her own meal. Thanks awesome team LTWC!!!

  106. Kat says:

    Lots of “bear wrestling” going on in here. Little girl and Big Bro sleeping alone in the sleep room. Wish they were able to interact more with the others – and I too notice the little one seems to wait til most of the food is gone before she gets brave enough to dig in.

    • Deanna B. says:

      I have watched the little one try to come into the room when all the others are eating and she gets chased out by some of the big bears! It is sad to see and hopefully they all will get along soon.

  107. Russell Totten says:

    the lighting in the bear cub play area seems to have been bumped out of place

  108. Kat says:

    Our lil girl is sleeping alone, guess if bro is with the big boys, she feels like she can’t do much?

    • Sue Morneau says:

      Besides being isolated , she also doesn’t seem to be eating very often, especially when the others are pigging out any chance they get. Does anyone know what the criteria is for Fish and Game release ? Is it based on animal size and weight? Thanks

  109. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    What a plenitude of bear cubs! All seven in the playroom! It’s 46 degrees and will be sunny for several days. Meanwhile, huge clumps of snow falling from above. They’re really active, all over the equipment, trying stuff. Looks like the little bear with her buddy on the high shelf. He shook himself, and then she did it. She won’t try murder and mayhem in this crowd! These bears are magnificent!

  110. Diane says:

    Hello,
    Just spoke with Kim at the Ojai Raptor Center. It was a rancher next to us that rescued the small bear in Ojai that is now at your center. I was the one that initially contacted Kim and have been curious to know how the cub is doing. Is she in with the rest of the cubs on the bear cam? Kim said she was in pretty bad shape, hopefully she is getting stronger everyday and I look forward to the day she can be released back into the wild. Thank you for all you do for our animals.

    • Kat says:

      She is on cam 4 I believe, too small to be in with all of these, but don’t worry, she’ll get great care here.

      • Diane says:

        Thanks for letting me know she is on cam 4, I’ve been watching the 6 bears thinking she was the smallest but I guess she is even smaller than the smallest one since she is just 11 pounds. Hoping she comes out of the igloo so I can see her.

        • Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

          Diane, you’ve probably already gone to the cam for Bobcat House. Your baby is by herself in there — same as L’il Smokey. The small bear in the bear house was removed. I called Cheryl yesterday to get the story. It’s pretty dramatic! Now Cheryl is tending this smallest girl by herself! Amazing that this cub was born in Feb like all the others and was only 11 pounds! She looks filled out already, tho.

          • Diane says:

            I haven’t seen her yet, I think she is hiding out in the igloo. Can’t believe she should be the size of the other cubs. I was told that she probably wouldn’t have lasted another night in the wild. So grateful to LTWC for taking her in and giving her this opportunity.

  111. Marcia H says:

    Looks like you had a little snow.

    • Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

      Yes, we did, Marcia! Not a lot. It’s 5:30 whatever LTWC’s clock says. I just came in from doing errands. Looks like a friggin’ Christmas Card out there and 29 degrees. Mostly sno-kone material. Will taper off to rain and be sunny by weekend. We have two cubs just standing on the top shelf looking puzzled. Now they’ve backed down the log and gone for cover! The other two rooms have a roof! But you knew that!

  112. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Looks like Luther Pass brother (large, blond) and sister (dark, little) on the shelf and ignoring the red ball that generations have enjoyed. They seem to be napping. All the others are elsewhere.

  113. Deanna says:

    It makes me sad to see the original 5 bears all together and the one from Luther Pass all alone. It just has to be so sad to first miss his Mom and know his sibling is gone as well. Hopefully soon the other bears will make friends with him so he isnt so lonely anymore.

    • Kat says:

      I think she’s in here now, and the new little one is alone. Seems that way at least. The bro has been hanging out with an awfully small dark bear, seems it has to be his sis.

      • Deanna says:

        I noticed yesterday that there as a tiny bear in here playing with the Luther bear, or I was thinking it might be the larger bear from Luthers Pass. If it is his sister I am happy they are reunited now.

  114. Kat says:

    SO where is the new bear cub? the new 2? I’m all confused!

  115. Kat says:

    Silly bear, climbing the wall. Now slipping…does he not know if he gets hurt he’ll be separated from his pals?

  116. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Four roly-poly bear cubs in here!

  117. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Four cubs up on the shelf. Okay, let’s see if I can put down what Cheryl just told me talking very fast:

    The cub resting on the shelf in the bear house bedroom with the door down — he is alive. He hurt a back leg/foot and has been to the hospital. He’s on pain-killer and Dr. Willets wants him to be quiet and isolated. So he is just resting and healing. The other four were gathered around that door, almost like a prayer group. We will see a volunteer go in there to give him food and water, etc.

    Chips and Sierra are in the aviary where Chips was before. They are fine.

    The two cubs in the raccoon house — their mother was killed on Luther Pass last night and the police begged LTWC to just take them because Fish & Game could not be contacted.

    Everything is essentially just fine, except for the dead momma.

  118. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Four handsome bear cubs up on the shelves. I’m betting this room has been cleaned, they’ve gotten their treats, and pretty soon the door will come up and they can go eat their supper. This is really a sight — gorgeous wild bears!

  119. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Hello! No bear cubs in here! Looks like they’ve had a great time with a lot of fresh fish. Big fish. Bits of skin and bones scattered all over.

  120. Bill Lawson says:

    Is it true bears have no human contact in your facility?
    Is it true that you are the only licensed bear rehab facility in California?

    • Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

      Yes to both, Bill! This bear house has two electric “guillotine” doors. Typically, when the cubs are all in the eat and sleep side, we watch through a window in our door and lower the door. Then when the play area is thoroughly cleaned, fresh fish or at least peanut butter and marshmallow-krispie treats are put out ["good things come from logs"] and the door raised. The cubs race back into the clean play area for the treats, and the door is lowered again so the other side can be spiffed up. Buckets of fresh fruit and veggies are spread out, the people leave, and the door is raised. This cleaning and feeding happens twice a day. As they grow, there is more food — and a lot more poop. They aren’t named or cuddled or talked to. Very, very rarely they are hollered at, and rarely are sedated for examination or transport. That’s all. The best view of them is the cameras. I just volunteer there; if I didn’t know this little bit, I wouldn’t answer.

      I just heard that LTWC has gotten a little bobcat orphaned in a wildfire. They’re probably too busy working with the animals to provide immediate coverage to us! See S.F. Chron which calls the kitten Chips for the fire he was in.

  121. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    All five cubs playing on the tires and with the red ball and back in the corner. Last night I dreamed that the authorities wanted to put them in the wild right now! I thought oh, dear, no, the cubs aren’t big enough! They still have a lot of growing to do, a lot more fun, and lots of pumpkin to eat! Glad it was only a dream.

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