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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.
All snuggled together on the top shelf napping. Zzzzzz-z-z-z!
Right now the playroom looks clean. The door is down. Kids in the food room are chilling up on the shelf or walking around waiting for the door to go up. Probably volunteers are getting fish for the pool plus the smell-good rice krispie treats and peanut butter to smear on the logs. This room needs cleaning for sure! Salad bar turns into poop and rinds — and so the kids grow! . . . So did some of the kids get shuffled into or out of the bear house? I don’t know. The coal black kid is watching from the shelf.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
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.
Your comments really help, Denise! Thanks! Now it looks like the door is up so they’ll all be making friends. Wow!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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
Our webcam guy Bruce is out of town for a week or so but will check with him when he returns!
Have you tried yellow light bulbs? they help see things better at night.
Well Heavenly is laying on his back must feel good. Hope he is alright.
why can’t Tahoe be with this bear?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
I thought Lebec was released Mimi? I must of missed something about him coming back here for eye surgery.
Lebec was released last week Deanna. Mimi is having eye surgery.
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.
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
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!
Has Heavenly been released already, if not where is he? Thought he was underweight too besides being wounded.
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!
Good to hear Denise have finally seen him again. Glad he is doing well. Thank you for responding.
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.
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.
Well the bears are very alert right now, the light is on. Are they close to being released?
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.
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?
Are the cubs being released soon or is CA Fish and Wildlife waiting for more snow?
See that there are now commercials . Also a strange comment. Have had someone cut and paste a comment I posted over on Facebook.
The bears are awake , they are fluffing the straw and moving around.
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.
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.
Nice to see them moving around and moving the hay to snuggle up in.
All three are raking and fluffing with gusto now!
Awww look at the cuddly bears huddled in the straw. Sweet dreams and wake up free.
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.
Gee interesting how someone copied and pasted this over on Facebook. Ok the camera is up enjoying the view.
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.
Well yesterday the bears had fun with the pine branches and now are enjoying spreading the hay around.
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!
Cubs sure aren’t starving. Chubby little things.
They sure are chubby!
Big bear on the shelf, are you ready for hibernation?
The feeding camera is down, has been all morning.
Now all 3 of the bear webcams are down. Miss seeing what they are up to.
Well now none of the 9 are working. Something wrong?
Are these spoiled babies sleeping on a bed? They sure look all comfy laying together on whatever that is in there.
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.
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.
Looks like the boys are getting cut back on their food already. All 3 are eating together finally.
Look at the paws on that cubbie. You are gonna be a big one Snore peacefully.
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
All 3 on the top pallet, pawing and grooming. I think they will nap together.
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!
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!
Yay, 3 in one place
It’s good to see the 3 of them together.
Yeah, but 2 still snuggling in one room, leaving Charliebear alone.
I just watched all three of them eating together. Hopefully soon all of them will be playing and sleeping together.
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.
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!
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.
He is very happy and content in his new area. They don’t seem angry, just apprehensive. Give em time…..
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mozilla doesn’t seem to like the cams for me either!
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!
Okay, have they been released? I see a carcass . . . no bears . . . que pasa??
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.
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.
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.
The little Luther bear still looks so little. What is the plan at this time?
Ooh they look warm and cuddled and comfy!
It looks like there are more than two bear cubs at LTWC. Has there been any changes lately?
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!
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!
I am happy the Luther Bears are still there. I think spring releases sound good for all of them.
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).
Will these crazy bears ever calm down? They are having way too much fun in the hay!
Like any kids at naptime, they are playing before settling down.
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
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’.
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.
Feeding area is a popular place today.
What are the bears eating by the front entrance?
Here’s 4 big cubs, rasseling and ROTFL. Fruit rolling around. Bedroom door open.
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. . .
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.
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.
Something interesting up in the logs, and 2 bears sparring. Back to normal I guess!
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.
She’s a feisty girl, but he’ll protect her I’m sure.
Uhoh, they just carried him off — I hope its just for a check up and nothing bad!
Poor lonely baby is scratching at the door, missing his pals.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Sure enough, a volunteer is hosing down this room. Pretty soon she’ll put out the food and let the cubs back in here.
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?
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.
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!
Just a little ‘slap the bear’ before lunch.
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.
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…..
They don’t seem to like carrots lol
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!!!!!
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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