Cam 5: Raccoon Enclosure

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  1. KC says:

    The fox looks bigger since getting there. Very cute! Thank you for putting him where he can be viewed. Hope the Open House goes well.

  2. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Just after noon on a fairly warm day and they’re cuddling up here looking so sweet. Last night they were quarreling over their supper, spilling the milk and making the most horrible threatening sounds! The cameras are in transition, labels not reflecting what’s there. “Flight Area” is baby birds! The little barn owls are so badly lit you can’t see them. There’s also a Great Horned Owl and a Red-Tail Hawk. Last night we checked out a tiny bat. There are lots of birds in the three-room aviary: Steller’s Jays, robins, and some big birds, one with a crooked neck. We bottle-fed five baby raccoons and two squirrels.

  3. MF says:

    One of the cubs was rolling around on their back with all 4 paws waving in the air. Looked like a really furry baby. The other cub is in the back, could only see their eyes glowing. Then the cub closest to the cam went back and curled up beside the other one. Good night cubs.

  4. Teresa says:

    So who are these two little babes?
    Caught both of them standing up on hind legs looking out. So all you could see of one was the belly and hind paws.
    So cute.

    • MF says:

      Hi Teresa,

      If you click on the Facebook icon, they put up some information about the new cubs. Brother and sister.


  5. MF says:

    Cinder Update:

    Cinder left IBBR today with another male cub – Kaulana – both headed to Washington State! They will be released in the morning. I am so excited for Cinder and Kaulana. Cinder did so well at IBBR, she looks amazing! IBBR still has 1 male cub – Koa – who will be released in a few weeks. Please see all of the updates and pictures at: .

  6. MF says:

    The 2 cubs are like 2 peas in a pod. They sleep cuddled up together. They spend the days up on the platform together. They are so like little children when they are standing up and looking out to the views, like they are doing just now. I am loving looking at the pair of them!

  7. MF says:


    I see a bundle of fur at the other end. I think both cubs are snuggled up together there. I just saw them for the first time last night. I can’t wait to see what they look like during the day time.


  8. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Somebody was just climbing the front wall. Spring has sprung; bunnies and daffdils are out. Time to go wild and free. I think that was Salyer. Lots of colorful food out for them. Question: Did the bears move to the raccoon house? Or did somebody switch cameras? It’s a puzzlement!

  9. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Now they’re napping! So cute and funny when they play. By now they’re probably enjoying their raccoon omelets with baby marshmallows and garnished with the egg shells! As they move along and grow, Cheryl puts the shells on top. Yum!

  10. Patricia Athitakis says:

    I thought raccoon’s were nocturnal? But this group seems to be active and playing! :)

  11. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Wow! Raccoons all over! They love their dry dog food dispenser! And they’re enjoying the cat tunnel (lower right of screen). It’s a sturdy transparent tunnel that can be assembled with a T joint or turn corners. I watched Cheryl and Denise open the box and start thinking how to install the thing. Looks like it bounces. Fun!

  12. Joy Smith says:

    Where is little Tahoe? Is there a webcam where we can see her?

  13. KC says:

    Tahoe is getting bigger and I know you are being challenged by her. She is enjoying herself playing. You are doing a wonderful job. About how much does she weigh now? Saw you were going to be moving her, are cameras 4 & 7 the same space or are they separated? Thank you :-)

  14. KC says:

    So nice to see Tahoe this morning playing, exploring and going into the little house in the corner. She is enjoying herself today. Must of had a good nights sleep. :-)

  15. Kat, SC says:

    She is so adorable, and so active! Run here, jump there, grab that, throw this. Cute!

    • Linda says:

      Glad to see her so busy the last couple mornings – a few moments ago she was rolling around upside down in the dogloo entrance, now she’s climbing over everything :) She’s getting around really well. Her leaps are adorable. It must be interesting thinking of new things for her to explore every day! What a fortunate little cub – she’s so well cared for.

  16. Kathleen Smith says:

    Wish Tahoe could be with other bears…..

  17. Kat, SC says:

    She’s so cute and getting so big! Funny, playing in the tree then running over to beat up a baby, no telling what is next. You go Tahoe!!

  18. KC says:

    Well Tahoe is having a good nap I see. She is tired that is good. Been busy checking things out and playing.

  19. KC says:

    Denise you are doing a great job switching up Tahoes play area. Like her little igloo. She climbs on that cat condo frequently. And when she stands on the door to her carrier and swings it back and forth as if she wants to close herself in it she is adventurous for sure. I also hope the training seminar goes well this weekend.

    • KC says:

      Ok see that there was an announcement for a new property so that is a good thing. Hope Sundays seminar goes well.

  20. Deanna says:

    I was watching you clean out the cage and boy does Tahoe do circles around you. She is just full of energy. Then you left and forgot the broom and of course little Tahoe had a good play session with it. Spilling her formula and then going right back to the poor broom.

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      I actually left the broom on purpose! I take her out in another enclosure to RUN & go crazy every day but today she was REALLY wound up so the broom was her new ” toy of the day”! Have to switch things up on a regular basis to keep HER happy!

      • Deanna says:

        Well she sure did enjoy the broom to play with.

        She sure was running around you so fast yesterday, she is just full of energy it seems and really did seem to like the fact that someone was in there with her. Hopefully she will have a bear friend to play with one day so her and her friend can run circles around each other.

        • Denise@LTWC says:

          We’re hoping she gets a buddy soon! SO HARD with a single cub! We hate the thought of another orphan but if one needs us WE’ll TAKE IT! She’s wearing me out Ha Ha!

  21. Linda says:

    I am so enjoying seeing little Tahoe on the webcam – she is such an explorer. I feel like I’m learning a lot about bear cubs. After seeing how active she is it’s amazing that they do ok out in the wild without boundaries, with everything there would be to leap at and explore.

  22. Todd says:

    On the live camera I just saw that guy grab Tahoe’s head and force it into her food. What kind of charitable organozation uses physical force with animals? I will be reporting you to the authorities.

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      I’m so sorry you ” perceived” rough treatment with Tahoe. She is a wild bear with a bit of a ” temper” at times. Some feedings she is easier to direct to her bowl- other times she’s just not. We need to make sure she is getting adequate food & at times it is very difficult to get her focused on her formula. I can assure you she is NOT being mistreated in any way! I don’t know how much you know about bear behavior but the sow can be very rough with her cubs & they in turn with her. It’s amazing how strong a 10 # cub can be – all teeth and claws! Raising a single cub is an extremely challenging balancing act of nurturing while not getting her habituated to humans so she can eventually be released into the wild! I hope this addressed your concerns about Tahoe.

      • Terry says:

        Denise – I can believe how powerful a baby bear can be, even if just 10#!! I have 6 cats and I’m certainly reminded of their strength and determination, teeth and claws whenever there is a ” pill” time. :-/ Bears are designed to be much, much stronger than cats.

    • jerry mccurry says:

      Your authorities wanted to leave the baby bear to die beside her dead mother.
      She is in the hands of trained people doing their jobs, so butt out!

  23. KC says:

    Well Tahoe was having a good time playing with the big stuffed bear, then went and climbed the chain link wall and coming down dropped closer to the ground. Denise came in with food and had Tahoe cling to her leg a few times. Hope you are ok Denise saw you looking at your hand too. She does seem to enjoy that bear though thankfully. Hope she continues too cling to that not you. Thank you for everything everyone.

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      I’m fine thanks! Stupid me forgot the gloves! My fault! She has QUITE a temper
      & takes it out on whoever or whatever is in front of her- ha ha! Once she has her “porridge” she settles down! I take her out in the coyote pen area to explore & learn ” bear stuff” every day to give her a break. She’s amazingly quick & strong for her 10 pounds!

      • KC says:

        Glad you are ok, she is getting bigger and I see that girl can move too. She seems to be getting a little more used to the surroundings but wants her food too.:-)

  24. Kim says:

    Hi…Is there anyway to get a clearer picture and volume on my computer when viewing through the webcams…thanks

  25. Joanna says:

    Looks like some wonderful LTWC “fairies” set up an exciting play area for Tahoe! Lots of new toys to keep her entertained. And she seems to be enjoying it too. Enjoyed watching her flop on the big, fluffy, striped dog bed! Thanks to all of you!

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      Thanks! We’re trying VERY hard to keep her happy but reduce human interaction- its a tough balancing act! Will be bringing her new things every day to learn about! Yesterday WAS tough for her but she was much better today!

  26. KC says:

    Well hope Tahoe has a better day. She must of worn herself out playing and pacing yesterday. Hope she had plenty of sleep. Thank you for the care she is receiving and the love in your hearts.

  27. Mary Nicolini says:

    I love watching you baby Tahoe! Looks like you’re having a great time exploring your BIG new world! :)

  28. Kat, SC says:

    Awww nice big world to explore now isn’t there Tahoe? You are gonna find it so exciting :)

  29. Connie Lancaster - Tralake MS says:

    Hi Tahoe! Looks like you are having fun exploring a bigger world! So thankful you were found!

  30. Deanna says:

    These Raccoons are funny to watch. They are going crazy tonight playing with each other.

  31. Bobbie D says:

    Poor little guy looks like he is getting mighty tired of that cast. He is laying flat on his back checking out the leg straight up in the air like any kid, LOL . New cast maybe? It looks pretty clean. Then he fell asleep flat on his back and just finally turned over .. Lights are on late tonight.

  32. Mimi Routh - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Cub seems to like his mattress. I have not been doing volunteer work (car died) so was happy to see all the animals, feed baby birds and listen to stories last weekend. I understand he is getting pain-killer and antibiotics in his “bear” milk. There was talk of which meds he can’t be given because those would stop his growth! And he will have to be sedated again and a larger cast put on because cubs grow at a huge rate during their first summer. These are wonderful times . . .

    • Kat says:

      He seems to hate that cast but it doesn’t slow him down much. I hope he heals quickly — glad to know he’s getting pain relief.

  33. Mimi Routh - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Napping on his mattress is exactly what he should be doing! Even with a broken leg, he wants to climb the walls. Michelle, could you add your initial or your town to your first name? I’m not the webmaster, but . . . it seems we have more than one nice animal lover named Michelle. I was on a cruise with one of them at the time you posted. This Michelle came for the L’il Smokey 5th annual reunion and brought us oodles of fresh melon, grapes, etc. for the animals. I visited this bear on Saturday, took his picture. I had not heard the caution NOT to visit because we want him to relax and not chew on his cast — just “chill” and heal. Thus far, he’s doing that. Saving a broken leg cub is a real first. Another aspect of “respect life.” I’ll share my pictures on FB. God bless!

  34. Joanne D says:

    Poor little guy taking a nap on his mattress. Sure hope he heals soon.

    • Linda, Redding, CA. says:

      He is walking and climbing well, even with his leg in a cast. Praying he heals quickly. He has the best rehab place for him.

  35. Michelle says:

    The little bear cub is so curious and active. So glad to see he seems to be recovering so well!

  36. Michelle says:

    baby raccoons are so darn cute!

  37. Kat says:

    Hmmm saw someone take the cub out of here last night….looks clean now. Did they take it to another room or another facility?

  38. Kat says:

    Is this our new cub?

  39. Deanna B. says:

    This has to be the new bear Al from Alpine Meadows. I am happy he found his way to LTWC and hope he gets good and fat here so he can be released in the springtime.

    • Denise says:

      This is where ” Ally” the new cub (it’s a female) is for now but she had a little issue with the camera so we’re waiting to get it fixed. We’ll decide if she goes into the Bobcat cage with the other 2 cubs soon. But she loves the cozy igloo & is eating nonstop! She’s a happy cub!

  40. Bruce Richards says:

    The two new cubs have been moved to the Bobcat Enclosure which is served by Cam4. The Bobcat enclosure is now empty for the moment.

  41. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    It has been hard to see this little Ojai girl bear, the one who was 11 pounds. Cheryl commented last night that the bear is finally eating her food well. This cub won’t have her food stopped. I understand she will winter over, be encouraged to eat and grow. Too bad for us either the camera is out or she is out or it’s dark in there. We do have a second camera on the raccoon house. Anyway, she’s doing well. Cheryl watches the cameras, questions the volunteers, and comes out to feed the bear, herself. Plus we can call if we see something untoward.

  42. Bobbie D. says:

    Good to see our little cubbie come down to eat her dinner. Wow, she sure is tiny for it being so late in the year……I’ happy she is feeling more secure in her home now.

    • Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

      Hi, Bobbie! Thanks for commenting! I don’t see our cub right now. The door just closed. A volunteer was in here. Yeah, I think I’d be happier in this little home if I were a cub. Grow, little girl! The cruelty of the other cub is most disturbing. . .

      • Geri says:

        Do you mind explaining what you mean by cruel???

        • Geri says:

          The reason I ask this, I watch the little Luther bear cub in the big den, and it’s clear she is intimidated by the other bears. She is always sitting up high watching the others eat, or hanging with her brother. I worry about her and find it hard to believe she could be so cruel. I can’t help but think 1) loosing her mom 2) being place somewhere different 3) missing her brother 4) and then being placed with several bears larger than her – would cause her a lot of stress. I hope she does well!

          • Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

            Geri, if you read way down in the bobcat house, you’ll see where I had called Cheryl and then posted about the second largest girl, yes, the Luther bear cub, bullying the smallest. If she were a person, she’d be on trial for murder! She pushed the little thing way down on a high ledge until there was nowhere to go — and then pushed her to the ground! Cheryl said she heard a crunching sound when the cub fell! And afterward, the little thing limped for a couple of days. Usually in the bear house the bears have a pecking order but they move around each other without demanding personal space and taking offense as people might. At least the bigger girl has her brother, and he was an outsider in the bear house anyway.

          • Sue Morneau says:

            Spot-on Geri, I’ve been thinking the same thing. I guess we can’t really suppose a wild animal’s motives (always for self survival) for “behaving” the way that they do. In Luther girl’s world, “cruelty” makes perfect sense because that is only a human term. I hope that they both grow healthy and free thanks to LTWC.

  43. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    A blue bear cub in a blue house and lots of blue people who prefer to see a little brown bear. L’amour est bleu!

  44. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Hello, friends! When the camera is working, I hope we will see the smallest bear cub. I just spoke with Cheryl who explained that Chips and Sierra have moved to the Placerville care center to winter over and finish growing up. It’s warmer there. The bobcat in the bobcat house is the very friendly one who seems to like people. She will be assessed for working in education of people, a happy and purposeful career for her. Cheryl says this little bear seems happier in the raccoon cage. She’s ordered a leopard print futon and cashmere blanket . . . no, I made that up!

  45. bones54 says:

    The blue screen of oblivion.

  46. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Well, I was checking on Chips and Sierra, but there’s only flashing bright blue on this screen. I know the raccoons have been released, so who’s in here?

  47. Kat says:

    Mimi, could they be like Hope and Faith, one a yearling, one born this year?

  48. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Yum! Looks like carrots and apples. And Michelle Westrum is bringing a carload of donated romaine, apples, melon, berries, etc. etc. down from Grass Valley today. Way to go, Michelle! Just when Cheryl can really really use extra food! Amazing the difference in size. I wonder how often that happens in the wild.

  49. Kat says:

    I’m glad to see these 2 eating — probably more food than they’ve had given to them ever! And being together they seem more comfy than a lot would be. The little one was SOOO tempted to run out the door when the cage was being cleaned, too funny!

  50. 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. We will see a volunteer go in there to give him food and water, etc.

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

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

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

  51. bones says:

    What happened to the Chipster and her mellow pal Sierra?

  52. cahuntress says:

    Chips and Sierra have magically transformed into bears! :-)

  53. BobD says:

    Seems Chips and Sierra have moved. Where can we see them now?

    Thanks for all you folks do.

  54. Bruce Richards says:

    Hi Guy,

    I moved the original “Chips” camera (Cam8) into her new enclosure for a view of the areas you can’t see with this camera (Cam5). So, checkout the view of the two youngsters on Camera 8 – previously known as the “Raven” camera.

  55. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Two happy kits! They were rasseling late last night. Sometimes together, sometimes apart and independent. They do a lot of grooming. Good picture!

  56. Paul Nowak says:

    These two Lil kits are so playful now!
    How many mice a day do they eat now?
    Are they “whole mice”?, or still “mushed mouse”?

  57. Joanne D says:

    Kittens are kittens no matter what the size of the CAT. They are so enjoyable to watch. Sweet little things!

  58. kathy says:

    two energetic bobcat kitties this morning at daybreak .

  59. kathy says:

    playtime. one is enjoy ing going up and down the carpet tree log and then rasseling with the other in the woodbox that is enjoying chewing up the bed

  60. Joanne D says:

    I’m so glad to see the 2 of them together. They seem to have taken to each other. 2 is always better than 1. You need to put colored tags on them (blue & pink) so we can tell who is who. So fun to watch——thanks <-3

  61. kathy says:

    the two are in the box up on the shelf rasseling . they stop from time to time to see what that human is doing outside of the pen.

  62. cahuntress says:

    They’re curled up together!? Too awesome!

  63. bones says:

    Much better! Thanks!

  64. kathy says:

    the little one says ” you not gonna get a picture of me ! “

  65. Linda says:

    I have so enjoyed watching Chips and her recovery, so glad she will be with a Bobcat friend today. Great work you are doing for wildlife.

  66. bones says:

    Beware the purple double-dome! Mindbending!

  67. bones says:


  68. bones says:

    Looks like a dark cave.

  69. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    We have a very murky picture. Seven watchers. Hey, folks, don’t hold yer breff!

  70. Laurie Pearson says:

    I’m watching!!! So excited!

  71. Kat, NC says:

    Tom, can you guys please tape the “meeting” of the kitties in case we miss it?

  72. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Amazing! They’re all napping on the shelf. For a brief moment, they’re perfectly still. Clean floor, polished omelet pan, the pool with slightly cloudy water. So peaceful. . . ssssh!

  73. Deanna says:

    It is almost dark and all of the Racoons are playing with each other right next to the camera. I love watching them because it is like non stop action on the camera :)

  74. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Great fun to watch from this side as the little guys wake up and get ready for Housekeeping! A lady peeks in — Deborah from Incline? Then she and a man arrive with sweeping equipment. They empty the dirty pool and set it on a shelf, where one curious raccoon investigates and nearly makes the whole thing fall to the floor. As Housekeeping sweeps up, the little guys supervise very closely. Indeed, I stepped away one evening and they were checking the sweepings for edibles. As much of it is dry dogfood that has been scattered, this diminished my load to remove. Now they’re just chilling, waiting for their big omelet and for the pool to get filled. Deborah returns with the hose. She squirts them gently and they climb and run! Here comes the man volunteer with a squeegee. This hostelry has the very highest standards! The pool gets filled and the extra water squeegeed toward the drain. The man goes out. Lady finishes up, steps out the door and returns with the omelet! Nine raccoons gather around. Another waddles down the ramp. Another shows up. Soon that is gone. As my mom, as a child, asked one Thanksgiving, “Is that all there is?” Now the kids are lively, jumping in the pool, finding more scattered bits. Climbing the rope. Polishing the omelet pan. The good raccoon life!

  75. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    They’re all napping on the shelf. One at the entrance to the house is restless. Another on top of the house is moving. Most of them are perfectly still, sound asleep. If little kids were shown this, would they be more willing to take naps? Now the rasseling at the house door is stirring everyone down the line. It’s a coon’s life!

  76. Sharon from So Cal says:

    Nearly all the babies are still in their house but are stirring around and taking turns at coming out on the ledge. It appears that they aren’t ready to wake up fully yet. How fun to watch them two at a time try to squeeze in and out of the door at the same time. They’re getting bigger and fatter!!!!! So cute they are!!!

  77. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Ooh, they’re all up on the shelf behaving themselves! Pretty soon there will be at least 50 of them crawling up the volunteers’ legs! Or so it seems. Totally adorable! Very soon that wide silver pan will get washed so it can be refilled with marshmallow omelet. There’s a screen wall to our backs plus another high shelf, so it’s a pretty nice little home.

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