Cam 2: Bear Cub Feeding Area

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  1. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Oh, boy! Room service got their order and delivered the milk they love! Even to this new place! The cubs look so little running around their huge new house! Lots less human contact will be good for them.

  2. KC says:

    The floor looks good, hopefully will be less slippery now.

  3. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    One minute it looks like nothing happening. Somebody up top. Somebody in the sleep room. Light coming from the playroom. Then suddenly there are five cubs ROTFL and appearing nowhere near ready to settle down. Two rasseling in the sleep room. One quite small cub racing around, standing up, trying to start something. I sure can identify! . . . Nice little video from Samsung — pretty music, fun for kids and not hard sell marketing!

  4. KC says:

    Bears have slowed down a little today. Camera 3 is down, last night 7 bears were sleeping in there and 1 was in the feeding area sleeping.

  5. Mary Ellen says:

    Its funny how some of the cubs are sleeping in dens they created with the bedding materials provided to them while others are just passed out on the floor. I guess if they get cold, they’ll wake up enough to go try to squeeze in with the other bears.

    • Mary Ellen says:

      Now 4 of the cubs are awake and involved in two separate wrestling matches. I guess they weren’t quite ready to settle down to hibernation. This is really fun to watch.

  6. Saltaire says:

    Are these enclosures covered with a roof? (cam 2 and 3)
    Sometimes it looks like it’s actually snowing!

    • Mimi at Tahoe says:

      Yes, both those rooms are roofed. Funny how dust, bugs and even moisture can catch the light. Right now there’s a cub curled up behind the pole under the corner shelf. And another cub moving around up top. Now the cub up top has climbed down. He stopped on the lower shelf, put his head down below the shelf to peer at the cub on the bottom, whose eyes are catching the light like headlamps! Wonderful core strength they have to be able to lean over and peer like that — or lean over their pool. We would topple! I know I would!

      • Saltaire says:

        Thanks for the info. You always add a lot to the discussion!

        • Mimi at Tahoe says:

          Thank you, Saltaire! Camera is down today. And if it were “high season” for volunteering, I’m driving a 2014 Buick Verano as a loaner — red, too! Next spring and summer will be our last in this bear house with the slippery floors! Cubs who haven’t been born yet already have a home. Or maybe they’ll all stay safe with momma and nobody will need us! Merry Christmas, everybody!

  7. Saltaire says:

    There’s still plenty of rasslin’ going on this morning! (Monday Dec. 8th)
    All this energy and no food now to supply the calories. I wonder when they’ll settle down and snooze?

  8. Linda G says:

    Hay bales comin’ in!

  9. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    This morning there are two pair of cubs rasseling very gently in almost slow motion in the sleep room. Getting ready to coodle!

  10. Teresa Bibler says:

    They are so darn cute. Pulling the covers up and making their beds.

  11. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Very funny, Chris, but no bed-bugs in there! It’s cleaner than people-houses! Thanks for great descriptions! Six or seven cubs just acting lazy this morning! One real mystery and miracle about denning (according to the ONE book I read) is that the bears wake up fit and ready to go in the spring! Not like us if we lay about all winter! Something special about their muscles. . .

  12. emily in NH says:

    All’s well in Bear Tussle Hollow! They are all maneuvering for the best sleeping spot but one of the biggest has claimed behind the climbing tree in the feeding area and he’s not givin’ it up to anybody!! They are endlessly funny and I will miss watching them but I’m really enjoying watching them denning for now… one piles up the straw and another one steals some, gets told off and the first one takes it back… Sleep tight baby bears… don’t let the bed bugs bite… Sweet Dreams!! Love you LTWC and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2015… and all the other watchers too!! Take care everybody and have a safe winter.

    • Chris says:

      Its been quite the entertainment this morning watching them knock everything off the upper shelf and see the 1 bear taking over the corner and trying to get all the pine needles pulled in, while the others are rolling around and trying to cover themselves.. Ill miss this entertainment once they are in hibernation for the winter.

  13. Chris says:

    I see the cubs are getting their energy out this morning wrestling around the den. Lucky little cubs, soon I hear you will be given materials for your winter hybernation. Have fun and make nice soft beds so you can snuggle together.

  14. Carolyn Webb says:

    Hi Cheryl,
    Just wanted to thank you for picking up the bears and caring for them, I can’t get the web-cam to work on my system because of Adblock and it need removal. Hopefully they are doing great and will be released next year or whenever they are ready. Will you be releasing them in our area?…….Carolyn W.

    • Andy says:

      click on the Red Stop Sign in your address bar then click “Disable for this site” and Adblock will stop working on the LTWC website.

  15. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    I’ve been watching two cool dudes working in here. They smeared peanut butter on logs in the playroom and most of the kids ran in there. Then Tom was hosing down these rooms and a man in light blue was squee-geeing. They are quite thorough. You’d think it was a big patio before a fancy party! The other man got the bowling ball from the shelf and put it back over the drain hole. Then it got quiet and a little bear came in from the bedroom. Yellow tag right ear. Gardner? He looked around, probably disappointed. Then back in the bedroom. The door opened and the man in light blue brought a small ladder and set it just inside the bedroom door. Tom came in. Then Denise with food buckets and a squee-gee. She squee-geed some more. Then the camera froze on my old computer. Fifteen minutes later they’re still standing there. No way! Not their style. Adios for now!

    • Nadine says:

      Hey Mimi!
      How’re you doing?
      I almost finished Smiling Bears – it’s amazing – been keeping me company during some very cold nights up here – we had it fall into the 20’s too, but no snow yet.
      Thank you so much for recommending that book – I love it!
      And for telling us what we’re missing on here…
      The Cam is off in the Sleeping Area for the last few days – I wonder if it is broken?
      BTW. Can recommend a good book for quitting smoking if that’s what your intention is (you keep mentioning these videos).

      • Mimi at Tahoe says:

        Hi, Nadine! Isn’t that a great book! If you want to email, I’m and I don’t care who knows it. I wasn’t able to upload pics on FB. I don’t smoke, but those film clips are so motivating for just doing the best you know to do. T and C seem to operate at boot camp level most of the time. Denise, too. The rest of us need to hustle and be more disciplined. I’d recommend Louise Hay and Abraham-Hicks for great motivation and healing. . . . Bears are wandering around today. The floor looks awfully wet! In the playroom they’ve pulled down their little tree. Be well, everybody!

        • Nadine says:

          Hi Mimi!
          I am planning on catching up with email at some point and will write to you!
          Thanks for the recommendations – they are heeded – I know Louise Hay but not the latter.
          Talk more to you soon and hope all is well there!

  16. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Denise makes it look so easy! The floor is slippery and uneven. She’s going back to get all the puddles. She makes squee-geeing look like buttering bread. Now she’s put a large flat pan of (?) dry dog food in the sleep room. And now my computer is acting up. Gotta go!

  17. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Denise was just in here picking up poop and squee-geeing. I wish I could help.

  18. Mark Johnson says:

    Denise, someone with you in the feeding area just took a bunch of pix in the play area with the cubs. Any chance these can get posted on facebook?

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      Hi Mark!
      We had such a great distraction with the winterizing on the play area going on (decided we didn’t want to shovel poop AND snow!) and perfect timing of Carol – one of our volunteers- showing up with a camera that we even got photos of Tahoe! Gardner was like “Ninja Bear” leaping from the tree to the barrel & and a blur back into the den- not sure we got him in the shot! Just waiting for her to send them over & we’ll start posting them!

  19. Chris says:

    Is the new little bear Gardner in with these lovely, playful cubs??? Looks like they are having fun playing tag.

    • Nadine says:

      I don’t think so, Chris. They usually keep them apart in isolation for a week, while they deworm and de-parasite them, and also just let them settle in. Tom usually tells us on FB when the cub gets introduced.
      It sure is quieter in there now that those HUGE cubs are gone. I waited till 8am to see them get tranq’d, but I fell asleep n missed the good bit. But watching one of the cubs poop on Bieber 2’s head while Tom was cleaning in the other room was priceless! Now I know the REAL reason why everyone sleeps on the top shelf! Haha!
      Poor Bieber 2. I think he narrowly missed most of it though. He’s the black one (right?), and his brother is a shade lighter, but they usually hang out together. Now those big guys are gone, I think I might be able to ID the remaining guys…

  20. Cinder says:

    Is it all bear bathtime?? Looks like a couple of them don’t like the water and are hanging up on the shelf while 2 others are wading around down there..
    But it’s a happy day for a couple of bears as they started their journey to freedom. Good luck little ones and great job LTWC…

  21. Deanna says:

    The Bears are having fun wading around on the flooded floor in here. Hopefully they do not start to play and slip in it and hurt themselves. Seems to me I read one of Mimi’s post on here saying they had to carefully wipe the floor so a bear does not slip and hurt themselves. I see two people in the playroom doing something in the pool and maybe this why the floor in here has a nice layer of water on it.

  22. Cinder says:

    Okay it’s a bear Freenzy in there. Fighting over apples.. Hey Kids, there’s more than enough to go around…

  23. Nadine says:

    I think bears are def. related to liddle piggies somewhere on the evolutionary tree – they must be! :)
    (Just kidding of course.)
    Actually, I was awoken last night at 5am by raccoons scrapping outside my window – they had caught a wild rabbit and it was squeaking in terror while they fought over it. I had to ask them to leave and they high-tailed it out, running and looking so like bear-cubs in the darkness.

  24. Chris says:

    There’s a bear party going on in there.. Hope the shelf holds up… Love watching energetic bears at play… Thanks for all the work you do LTWC for the bear cubs and other animals.

  25. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Here they are on a rainy day! One was pacing in front of the door. I thought that door would be open, though nobody wants to go getting cold and wet. The volunteers will have fun cleaning with the cubs all over. Oh, gee! . . . They are getting so big and so handsome with glossy fur. They don’t belong in concrete houses. It will be so good when they’re back in the wild to do their bear business not walking on concrete.

  26. Deanna says:

    I have not been able to watch these cubs much this summer because I have to work so much so this is the first time I have saw them all together eating. They are so big these days! I also watched Brockway come down and out of the sleeping room to eat some food with the big bears. This was good to see because I was worried about him like everyone else.

  27. KC says:

    Lights are on still, have some bears sleeping in here and others playing in the play area. No scraps of food, does not look like there was a food fight.

    • Mimi at Tahoe says:

      Yes, KC, I noticed that earlier. There was so little food debris, I wondered if they got fed at all and if so, what it might have been. Plums and nectarines and peaches have pits, melon has rinds. The poop is reddish. Hard to imagine a meal of apples, salad greens, and carrots. . . . At the moment a bunch of them are rasseling on the top shelf! The equivalent of a Sunday morning pillow fight!

  28. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    The door opened to the playroom and a passel of cubs headed toward it. At last the electric door could be closed. Now Housekeeping is attacking the mess in here. An enormous production of poop on the little shelf which one volunteer spent some time detailing. It will have to be hosed down fiercely. With so many cubs growing so fast, the poop production must be prodigious. It doesn’t smell! Out in the wild it takes care of itself. It’s a privilege to take the training and be allowed to clean the Bear House. Thank you, ladies!

  29. KC says:

    Dinnertime, the cubs are enjoying their food, then nap time for awhile and they will be up playing when it is dark.:-) They are putting on weight and before they know it will be time to hibernate. And freedom will be soon. Then the next crew of bears will come take their place. Will have to get the new place built soon :-)

  30. SueGee says:

    Apple feeding frenzy! Happy cubs enjoying the harvest.

  31. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Five cubs in here. One dozing on the top shelf. The others moseying around hoping for something to eat. One cub has a fruit between his paws, eating that. Apple or plum maybe. One batted at the big green toy. A lazy afternoon.

  32. Kim says:

    What are the cubs eating tonight?

    • Mimi at Tahoe says:

      Hi, Kim! I keep seeing your question. Nobody else has answered. These cubs eat better than a lot of people. Chances are they’re getting romaine, carrots, avocados, grapes on the vine, melon wedges, nectarines, plums. In the other room they get fresh, frozen or even live fish and other interesting protein items. It’s hard to see what things are on camera. I thought I saw pomegranite slices. Turned out to be open-face peanut butter and jelly sandwich which Cheryl gives the pitiful cubs who need building up. NOT these rambunctious kids!

  33. KC says:

    Was the bear with the sprain the one that was brought in today? It appeared to have been groggy at first like it had a check up.

    • KC says:

      Ok I see it was Conway2 that was brought back, glad he had no broken bones. Thank you for taking care of the bears and giving Mother Nature a helping hand. :-)

  34. Sue Smith says:

    Why does the one cub keep pacing back & forth in the same spot (left side of screen)? Is he bored or stressed, or is this normal behavior?

  35. Nadine says:

    Watching ten bear-cubs all try to fit on the upper level sleeping shelf is pretty awesome.

  36. Nadine says:

    My goodness these bear cubs are getting chubby. Good for them!
    Anyone know what time is feeding time? I want to watch the bear-cub frenzy. Shame we don’t have sound on the cams!! 😉

  37. KC says:

    How is Brockway doing? Hope he is getting bigger so he can come play with the other ones.

    • KC says:

      I see Brockway is back, just saw him brought in and released from the carrier. Good to see him back, now he will have company.

  38. KC says:

    Well the bears are all snuggled together for their nap. This is what I would call a bear hug :-) they look very content.

    • Dianne says:

      How do you get all the bears to race into the playroom at once? Just saw them scrambling down the pole as fast as they could.

  39. Bobbie D. says:

    The cubs are playing a game called “How many cubbies can sleep in a pile on the shelf” LOL! They are in a huge pile over, under and on top of each other until one tries to move. All of the cubs get up, move and back into a pile.

  40. Kat says:

    Ooh look at those big healthy bear cubs playing and climbing, and 3 smaller ones eating. Hope Cinder is feeling up to eating too!

  41. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Top of head answer, Denise, I don’t remember having so many “special needs” cubs. Under weight or injured. I couldn’t do much last summer so it was summer before last we had the girl with the badly hurt throat. She was apart. The others were all about the same size and general boisterousness — just happy campers in the bear house. I can’t reconstruct. Two devastated little brothers stayed in the playroom while I cleaned. Very soon they were playing just fine . . . When Smokes was recovering, I mainly watched him — never dreaming I’d move here!

  42. Denise@LTWC says:

    Does anyone remember how the bears were placed when we had 11 cubs a few years ago? We were trying to remember how many we’re in the bear cage- Bobcat Cage or did some come later so there were never 11 at one time? I think we had only 6 at one time in the bear cage but can’t really remember so thought I’d ask some of you with better memories???

    • KC says:

      There is a picture of 6 in the bear cage I looked in the archives it said it was 6 of 11 for the year of 2012 so maybe 6 in the beginning of 2012 and 5 later in the year? The bears being in the sleeping, play or feeding is nice because they can go into a room while others are being cleaned and food is brought in. In the bobcat/river otter area they see too much outside and are not separated from the people feeding or cleaning there.

    • Bobbie D. says:

      Denise 2 of them were sent to Arizona for rehab if I remember right. Can’t remember if all 8 were in the bear house together.

      • Bobbie D. says:

        Just remembered something, wasn’t 2012 when the 3 Bobcats were in the Bobcat cage?

        • Deanna says:

          I think I remember one year two of the bears going to the Fish and Wildlife place in Rancho Cordova. I do not know if this was is 2012 but it might have been.

      • Denise@LTWC says:

        Arizona? Don’t remember that? I think only Heavenly was sent there. We just all differ on what we remember as far as who was where but I DO remember us calling them ” the 6 pack” so thought maybe that was the count in the bear cage & I remember one in the Raccoon cage also. It’s such a blur LOL! With #10 arriving today can’t wait for our new place to happen!!!

        • Bobbie D. says:

          The six pack was named the year Lil Smokey was there when the bear we called Yosemite girl was the leader. I think there may have been another six pack after that. If I remember right the one in the Raccoon cage is the one that came in with a broken leg.
          The 2 I thought went to AZ came in from Southern CA I think.

          • Mimi at Tahoe says:

            Gosh, Bobbie, you’re GOOD!

          • Bobbie D. says:

            I wouldn’t say that Mimi, the older I get the more the years run together. You mentioned the cub with the throat injury and it may well have been that one in there.

  43. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Just 7:30 p.m. and two volunteers are hosing and squee-geeing bedroom and dining room. All the cubs in the playroom are bouncing off the walls. Great to read everybody’s comments.

  44. Tina says:

    Oops! 7 are suppose to be in here, not 6. My bad! So maybe Paradise is still in the bobcat enclosure.

    • KC says:

      Tina I have counted 8 bears Brockway is in the Bobcat cage. He would make it 9. He looks smaller than Paradise and the ear tags are different.

    • Bobbie D. says:

      Paradise is still in the Bobcat cage and right now is on the top shelf on camera 7. She likes to lay way over down in the little trough to the right side of the shelf. Sometimes all you can see are her ears…..

  45. Tina says:

    There’s now 7 cubbies in the feeding area! Maybe Paradise has joined the 6 pack and maybe Brockway is now in the bobcat cage?

  46. KC says:

    Good morning, how is Brockway doing? And will he be able to go in with the other bears soon along with the Paradise female too? Hope her mouth has healed up properly.

  47. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    All snuggled together on the top shelf napping. Zzzzzz-z-z-z!

  48. KC says:

    The cameras are all off the air. Guess the storm had something to do with it. Hoping that they get back online soon. Missing the bears, raccoons and other animals.

    • Mimi at Tahoe says:

      Just now I hit “refresh” as I’d been away for several hours. Bingo! I got a brief glimpse of clean bear house floor and several cubs eating some pretty fruit and greens. Huh! All is well in Paradise!

  49. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Looks like Tahoe (tag in right ear) rasseling with one of her housemates (yellow tag in left ear). They’re all over here with the melon rinds, waiting for their playroom to be cleaned. So goes a happy summer for these cubs.

  50. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    At the moment, a volunteer is hosing down the bedroom and food room on this side. She’s picked up the poop and melon rinds. She’ll squee-gee the water toward the drain. Not good for the cubs to have wet feet! In a minute she’ll dump buckets of lovely salad greens, fruit and melon. Then the electric door will come up and all the hungry cubs in the play room will run in here. Hello to my friends in Alabama!

  51. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    At the moment, camera shows food on the floor and cubs eating. Looks good! L’il Smokey Fan Club arriving tomorrow for their annual reunion. I understand “we” just got TWO MORE CUBS this morning! They were to be checked over by Dr. W., blood samples taken, etc. . . . Tahoe is okay. She’s adjusting. They’re all doing great! Their moms would be so proud!

  52. KC says:

    Camera is down on the feeding area. Will show up with all 9 but not individually. Others are that way too. I’ve been enjoying watching all the bears.

    • Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

      Aren’t they fun to watch! Maybe just as well you don’t get the sound. They are so vocal, and Tahoe is the worst! She sounds like a foghorn!

  53. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Okay, two cubs up on the high shelf in here, floor wet, door was just open. Probably volunteer gone to find squee-gee and then food. Oh-wow! Food all over the floor and the door raised! Cubs climb down! Another happy day in Paradise!

  54. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Two cubs in here. One cub up top and the other one just climbed up to join him/her. So strong — wow! Watermelon on the floor. The bedroom door is closed and the door to playroom is almost clear down. The camera in the playroom may be frozen. One cub was on the top shelf resting. Nothing moved. Where is everybody? Tennis lessons?

  55. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    At least one cub napping on the top shelf. Two down below eating. Lots of fresh food on the floor. a yellow bowl in the bedroom.

  56. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Just a few minutes ago, two cubs were drinking milk. Now the stuffed animals are up off the floor, cubs are up on the shelf watching Housekeeping hose everything down, having picked up the poop, etc. Yes, they’re very wild, excited, cautious, waiting to see what this Person does next. They don’t really want her there. She’s back with the squee-gee. Thank you, lady! Maybe she’ll leave watermelon and other good things. Thus begins a happy alternative childhood.

  57. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Your comments really help, Denise! Thanks! Now it looks like the door is up so they’ll all be making friends. Wow!

  58. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Deanna, I think you’re right that Tahoe is on this side. It would make sense to leave the two little brothers together in the playroom. So right now we have a little cub with blue tag in left ear and larger cub with yellow/chartreuse tag in right ear. They’re on the top shelf and yellow tag is nuzzling the other one affectionately. Sweet. What a big day they’ve had!

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      This is their first day together in the BIG bear enclosure! You are right- the smaller pair are siblings (about 15 pounds) the biggest one is the one hit by a car (about 25 pounds) and miss Tahoe is the only female at 23 pounds! She is having the hardest time getting to know everyone but there should be some good bear wrestling going on soon between them!

      • Deanna says:

        Wow, Little Miss Tahoe sure has grown up to be a big girl now. I am so happy that she has company now and her summer will be a great one playing with the other cubs once she gets use to being with other bears.

  59. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Thank you, Denise and Deanna, for more straight scoop! So we have two cubs in here and two in the playroom? I see dishes in the playroom also. The cubs in here are rasseling on the top shelf. In the playroom one was already sitting on the shelf in front of that red ball. I did wonder if the two tiny ones laid close together to wake up were siblings. As they were waking up, the larger one had no control of his back legs. They were all staggering and soon exploring the place, touching noses, casing the joint. Brave little guys! . . . So the door between them will be opened later I guess.

  60. Deanna says:

    Oh my goodness!! Two babies in this room and two babies in the Play area sitting very close to each other. I think Tahoe is in the playroom because she is not liking the door closed and keeps trying to sneak her paws under the door. The other cub is sitting on the shelf as she is pacing from the pool to the door. I cannot wait to see these four bears all playing together and happy (if I can say that) that Tahoe now has friends to play with.

  61. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    10:17 and two tiny cubs are lying under blankets in the bedroom, just waking up! A volunteer just came in with a dish. She kneeled down and was probably working with a third cub around the corner. She gave one cub the dish to drink from, smoothed the blankets and left. So the fun starts! Welcome, kids! You’re in a good place!

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      Like Cheryl said ” be careful what you wish for!” We got 3 new cubs in the last 2 days! One was hit by a car about a mile from LTWC- He’s doing amazingly well with no visible injuries and the other 2 were found alone in the Walker Lake Area. No idea what happened to their Mom. They are the 2 small ones. “Tahoe” is having her first day of having roommates PLUS she is the only female of the bunch but we’re hopeful they will all be bear wrestling soon & best buddies! Should be photos soon on Facebook!

  62. KC says:

    Well it is 12:38 am and lights are on Heavenly is asleep on the floor around the log in the corner. Zzzzzz! Have a good night!

  63. Kim says:

    Hi….Is there anyway I can get better resolution on my computer on viewing though the webcams? I would love to see Tahoe and Heavenly more clearly on the webcams…Thanks for your help. Kim

  64. KC says:

    Well Heavenly is laying on his back must feel good. Hope he is alright.

  65. Kathleen Smith says:

    why can’t Tahoe be with this bear?

    • Deanna says:

      I am not someone who works here but have been watching the webcams for a long time. I know when Heavenly was with two other bears before they all were released Heavenly was aggressive towards the other two and they were big bears. I would fear that Heavenly would hurt Tahoe because she is so much smaller then Heavenly.

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      Tahoe is too small for a male yearling bear. There are studies being done on pairing small cubs with yearling female bears though so just have to wait & see what the future brings.

  66. Deanna says:

    Thank you LTWC and Bear League for taking care of Heavenly!! I love how whoever is here with Heavenly right now is sitting with him and stroking him to make sure he wakes up healthy and happy. Bless you for being so awesome!! and of course “kiss-kiss” to Heavenly.

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      It’s been a rather stressful few days for EVERYOE – including Heavenly! He’s got the place all to himself now – unlimited food & beverage- safe & sound until his next chapter! A big thanks to NDOW & Ca Dept Fish & Wildlife for allowing this to take place! A big happy ending!

  67. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    These cubs have nothing better to do on Sunday afternoon than sit on the shelf watching Heavenly! Supper in about an hour! Beautiful creatures! I’ll be sending good wishes to Lebec while waiting for eye surgery. After all, somebody has to live in Bakersfield! Hopefully he will see the sign about Peter Lebec killing a “bar” and watch out for people!

    • Deanna says:

      I thought Lebec was released Mimi? I must of missed something about him coming back here for eye surgery.

      • Bobbie D says:

        Lebec was released last week Deanna. Mimi is having eye surgery.

        • Deanna says:

          Thanks Bobbie, I was hoping something did not happen to Lebec and he was still happy and free. I hope everything goes well for you with your surgery Mimi.

  68. Deanna says:

    Heavenly is sleeping in here all alone while the other two are in the sleeping room cuddling up together to keep warm. Makes me sad for Heavenly that he don’t have any buddies to keep him warm on this cold and snowy night in Tahoe :(

  69. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Heavenly was eating his salad just now. His fur looks beautiful and the boo-boo isn’t bloody anymore. Then suddenly he was on the shelf because two other cubs came in. Wow! The storys they’ll be able to tell their kids! This place with the great food and toys and other bears . . . I’ll be interested to learn how these cubs are returned to the wild. God bless!

  70. KC says:

    Has Heavenly been released already, if not where is he? Thought he was underweight too besides being wounded.

    • Denise says:

      Heavenly was given an exam- doing great & weighs over 70 pounds now thanks to Cheryl!! He was then put in with the other 3 bears that are now out of hibernation. Last night they were giving each other a WIDE berth but that should change soon!

  71. KC says:

    See that Heavenly is over near the other 3 bears. I hope that they all do well when they are released. They all look pretty happy.

    • KC says:

      Where is Heavenly bear? Have not seen him since last night when he was separated from the other 3 bears, not that he didn’t want to see them.

  72. KC says:

    Well the bears are very alert right now, the light is on. Are they close to being released?

  73. Tina, Redding says:

    It’s now 1:15. They couldn’t find any food in the playroom so it looks like they are getting ready to snuggle back down again in the their nest area. They’re all looking good from what I can see.

  74. Tina, Redding says:

    Feb. 28th, 1:00 p.m. – all 3 cubs just woke up and are crawling out of their nest with wobbly legs. Does anyone know when they will be leaving?

  75. Bobbie D. says:

    Are the cubs being released soon or is CA Fish and Wildlife waiting for more snow?

  76. KC says:

    See that there are now commercials . Also a strange comment. Have had someone cut and paste a comment I posted over on Facebook.

  77. KC says:

    The bears are awake , they are fluffing the straw and moving around.

  78. KC says:

    Any news on another place to move too next year? Hope something will come together. Thank you for all you do, would like to see it continue.

  79. Deanna says:

    Thanks for the FB reminder Tom, now I get to watch them right when they first get to play in the hay. There is so much of it that they look like they are afraid to walk on it but I am sure they will be rolling it in soon.

  80. Kat says:

    Awww look at the cuddly bears huddled in the straw. Sweet dreams and wake up free.

  81. KC says:

    Well camera appears to be shut down. Wishing the 3 bears a nice nap then a long healthy life. Happy they’ve been taken care of.

  82. Deanna says:

    Just watched two cubs wrestling and one of them decided in the middle of playing it would be fun to throw the pine needles all over his belly as he lay on his back. It was adorable! I am going to miss these boys when they finally decide to sleep.

  83. KC says:

    Well yesterday the bears had fun with the pine branches and now are enjoying spreading the hay around.

  84. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Aha, they’re all in here anyway! One on the shelf, two rasseling like brothers on the ground. Saw one cub climbing the tree the hard way, without using the shelf. Such awesome muscles! There are great splats of orange on the floor. They must’ve gotten pumpkin for Thanksgiving dinner!

  85. Marcia Hopkins says:

    Cubs sure aren’t starving. Chubby little things.

  86. Kat says:

    Big bear on the shelf, are you ready for hibernation?

  87. KC says:

    The feeding camera is down, has been all morning.

  88. Deanna says:

    Are these spoiled babies sleeping on a bed? They sure look all comfy laying together on whatever that is in there.

    • KC says:

      They were on a mattress or something like it all snuggled up but not before they were wrestling over it pushing it from one room to the next and being possessive. The mattress was gone the next day.

  89. KC says:

    Well that was surprising seeing someone slide in with a child in a green jacket through the feeding room to see the bears in the sleeping room. The play room is open and a bear had just come down on the log. I’ve enjoyed seeing the bears for the past week or so.

  90. Bobbie D says:

    Looks like the boys are getting cut back on their food already. All 3 are eating together finally.

  91. Kat says:

    Look at the paws on that cubbie. You are gonna be a big one :) Snore peacefully.

  92. Bobbie D says:

    Yum Yum, dinner time and yeah all 3 cubs are eating together. Well there was a tussle between the 2 bigger cubs for a second or 2 before they settled into the food. Looks like they might just have some carrots to try. Whenever I see carrots in the cubs food choice I think about how much Lil Smokey didn’t like carrots until it was past time to start denning and he had hunted high and low for something to eat and was so proud of himself finding that one dried out old carrot under the pallet. He looked like he was in his glory sitting on his butt nub eating that carrot :)

  93. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Three cubs enjoying Cheryl’s salad bowl. One looks awfully small. One has right rear leg sticking out. I don’t know which is which. At least they’re not fighting. Gosh, one looks half the size of the other two!

    • Deanna says:

      I noticed that one of them is half the size of the others as well but it isn’t mean like last years Luther Pass girl, she was so feisty!

  94. Kat says:

    Yay, 3 in one place

    • Sandra Walker says:

      It’s good to see the 3 of them together.

      • Kat says:

        Yeah, but 2 still snuggling in one room, leaving Charliebear alone.

        • Deanna says:

          I just watched all three of them eating together. Hopefully soon all of them will be playing and sleeping together.

          • Joanna says:

            Yes..all three peacefully eating together right now. Littlest cub is showing some interest in 3rd cub. Watched all 3 of them coexist in playing area too. Slowly making friends. 3rd cub definitely seems happier here.

  95. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Wow! At least one cub lying out flat snoozing on the top shelf. Might be a second behind the tree. Watermelon and fruit down below. All is well in Paradise! We are having a happy childhood!

  96. Bobbie D says:

    If this 3rd cub is the little one with the cast I sure hope the other 2 become friends with him. Poor little guy has looked so lonesome all by himself. Every time I checked in today he was up on the shelf in the feed area while the other 2 were out in the playroom.

    • Sharon says:

      He is very happy and content in his new area. They don’t seem angry, just apprehensive. Give em time…..

    • Denise says:

      Yes the third cub is the one that JUST got his cast off . It might take a few days to ” buddy up” with the other 2 which is actually good as we don’t want him ” roughing it up” with them & re-injuring his leg. So he’s got a lot more going on in the bear enclosure to keep him occupied & he’s just taking it slow to get to know his new roommates ! They’ll all be wrestling before you know it!

      • Bobbie D says:

        Thanks Denise, glad he was able to get his cast off so soon and that he now is able to join the other 2 cubs so he isn’t alone.

    • Sandra Walker says:

      He seems curious about his new enclosures and his new soon-to-be best friends. I’m glad to see him occupied and moving around so well.

  97. Mimi Routh - South Lake Tahoe, CA says:

    They’re eating! Sitting a few feet apart. One had his food between his front paws. I looked again and they were interacting physically, like, uh, “Excuse me while I just crawl up over you on my way somewhere else!” Then the crawled-over one followed the other cub around the corner into the sleeping room.

  98. Mimi - South lake Tahoe, CA says:

    He was just standing in the doorway . . . now he’s gone out to play. What a big house for one little bear! I missed watching. Went off with Mozilla Foxfire and it wouldn’t let me do anything! I don’t have TV, so I need all these risky add-ons for information. Nice to be back watching critters.

  99. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    11:15 a.m. and two bears are enjoying watermelon, carrots, fish, other things I can’t be sure about. Are these kids going to help foster the new batch who have already been born? Surely not! I understood Cheryl wanted to fill their tummies but not feed them up so generously that they suffer when they finally are released. . . . Maybe all the new cubs will just hang on to their moms . . . we can hope!

  100. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Okay, have they been released? I see a carcass . . . no bears . . . que pasa??

    • Bobbie D. says:

      The cubs are up on the shelf. They’ve done a good job on the carcass once they figured out how to start eating it.

  101. Bobbie D. says:

    Fresh protein for the cubbies dinner tonight…. Glad they are learning what is good for them to eat when they are released. Interesting to watch them try and figure out where to start. Now I think I had better wait awhile before I eat my dinner.

    • Deanna says:

      It is sort of disgusting watching them eat this but I found it interesting as well. The big boy was trying to chew on its hoof which was sort of odd to me.

  102. Kat,NC says:

    Ooh they look warm and cuddled and comfy!

    • Geri says:

      It looks like there are more than two bear cubs at LTWC. Has there been any changes lately?

      • Denise says:

        There’s 2 in the Bear sleeping area and 2 in the feeding area sleeping. F&W was going to pick 2 of them up last Sunday but changed their minds and decided to do Spring releases on both sets. If the weather stays like it is today it won’t be long!

        • Geri says:

          Thanks – So the two Luther bear cubs are still there and then the one from Alpine and one from Truckee? Glad to know they are all still accounted for. We love our bears!

          • Deanna says:

            I am happy the Luther Bears are still there. I think spring releases sound good for all of them.

  103. 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).

  104. Deanna B. says:

    Will these crazy bears ever calm down? They are having way too much fun in the hay!

  105. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Like any kids at naptime, they are playing before settling down.

    • Deanna B. says:

      I have been really enjoying watching all of them running around and playing these last few days. They seem to really love all that soft hay :)

  106. 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 ( and see just ‘how’ and ‘where’ they decide to ‘make their bed’.


    • BobD says:

      Thanks Tom…that is very informative. They seem more intent on playing than anything since I have been watching them today but I suppose that will change as the days go on.

  107. Marcia H says:

    Feeding area is a popular place today.

  108. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Here’s 4 big cubs, rasseling and ROTFL. Fruit rolling around. Bedroom door open.

  109. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    It’s nap time and they’re rasseling or trying to get comfortable. One cub is standing in the door to the bedroom. He might be the 7th bear looking for a berth. . .

  110. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Great to see 4 or 5 bears on the same screen! Fruit rolling around, bears all over. Looks like the little girl up on the shelf here. She was batting at a larger cub, presumably her “brother,” who climbed up there beside her.

  111. Kat says:

    Wow they are fiesty tonight, all but our cute lil girl seem to be sparring, she’s sleeping on a shelf in the playroom. That deer or whatever the skeleton is seems to make them more lively.

  112. Kat says:

    Something interesting up in the logs, and 2 bears sparring. Back to normal I guess!

  113. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Oh, good, the bedroom door is up! I’m counting 6 bears and one more might be around the corner. The Luther Pass girl was bullying the tiny girl. I have not bothered Cheryl by calling to get the scoop. For sure as a little sister with the big kids, she won’t bully anyone! I think I see her batting at her light-color brother, trying to start something.

  114. Kat says:

    Uhoh, they just carried him off — I hope its just for a check up and nothing bad!

  115. Kat says:

    Poor lonely baby is scratching at the door, missing his pals.

  116. Deanna says:

    How sweet that the little cubs keep going to the door to see if they can see there hurt little friend in the sleeping area. I hope the little one who hurt itself can be with its friends soon.

  117. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    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.

    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.

    I had to call Cheryl. Everything is essentially just fine.

  118. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Four cubs cuddled up to the bedroom door which is closed. What’s going on? There’s a bear in the bedroom. Is that bear okay?

  119. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Now the door to the bedroom is half-way up. As the kids come out, they all stand up and check out the bottom of the door. No food in here. They go on out to the playroom. So what’s up?

  120. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Sure enough, a volunteer is hosing down this room. Pretty soon she’ll put out the food and let the cubs back in here.

  121. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    So here they are! Sleeping on the shelf — at least two cubs, maybe three! The others must be on the bedroom shelf. Lots of big rough rinds of watermelon on the floor. There was a donation of melons that seemed mushy and not-so-good to the people, but by delivering them whole to the bears, the cubs enjoyed cracking them open and getting to the insides. Usually we cut the melons into wedges for them. So, would this peaceful picture convince a little kid to take a nap just like the bear cubs?

    • Cindy says:

      They’re awake now, and looks like they are totally into a discovery and playtime with the melon and veggies (or whatever the food is on their floor). Moving a little slow, like they just woke up from a great nap! One is climbing around, the others are more into the eating scene. Soooo cute! Now they are getting more playful – this is addictive and so wonderful – to be able to watch them….kudos to LTWC for all they do! Thank you, thank you! My husband and I go fishing and bring our catch to these little guys, so it’s really neat to be able to see them.

  122. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Three cubs up on the shelf napping. A whole fruit and veggie stand scattered on the floor. Whole carrots, little green apples, apricots or plums? So they must’ve eaten a lot of fresh fish from their pool this morning. Another day in a happy childhood!

  123. Lawanna says:

    Just a little ‘slap the bear’ before lunch.

  124. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Everybody’s in the dining room! Watermelon wedges all over! Also plums and other fruit. And carrots which the cubs appear to be avoiding. Remember when L’il Smokey was going into denning and began to get hungry? He searched his enclosure, the Bobcat house, and was thrilled to find a carrot hidden in a corner! Three of the cubs are high on the shelf which looks about a foot deep in the picture but is actually quite roomy. No sense of personal space — they’re forever rasseling and get very close when they sleep.

    • Bobbie D. says:

      Mimi you brought tears to my eyes remembering how proud Lil Smokey was to find that carrot left behind or hidden under the pallet. I knew then that he would do just fine when he was released back in the wild. I love to watch the cubs snuggle close when they go to sleep…..

    • Kat says:

      They don’t seem to like carrots lol

  125. Sharon from So Cal says:

    What messy little critters the cubbies have been in their feeding room! Can’t tell what they had but they must have had a blast with it, what ever it was!!!!! So nice to have more cameras online now. Gotta check them all out now!!!!! :)

  126. Michelle Westrum says:

    The new webcams are awesome. Thanks Karen, well done. Right now those cubbies want out of the foodroom. They are scratching at the door and want to play!

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