Cam 2: Bear Cub Feeding Area

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  1. 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.

  2. 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 :(

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. KC says:

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. Bobbie D. says:

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

  10. 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.

  11. KC says:

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Kat says:

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. KC says:

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

  18. 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!

  19. Marcia Hopkins says:

    Cubs sure aren’t starving. Chubby little things.

  20. Kat says:

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

  21. KC says:

    The feeding camera is down, has been all morning.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. Bobbie D says:

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

  25. Kat says:

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

  26. 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 :)

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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).

  38. Deanna B. says:

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

  39. 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 :)

  40. 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.

  41. Marcia H says:

    Feeding area is a popular place today.

  42. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

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

  43. 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. . .

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. Kat says:

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

  47. 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.

  48. Kat says:

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

  49. Kat says:

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

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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?

  53. 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?

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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!

  57. Lawanna says:

    Just a little ‘slap the bear’ before lunch.

  58. 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

  59. 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!!!!! :)

  60. 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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