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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-22-2019, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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second year cubs, will they survive without the sow?

Have a sow and 2 cubs on my property, they cubs are big, probably 100 lbs or so....will they survive if the sow gets shot?
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-22-2019, 06:16 PM
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Any cubs with the sow are this year's cubs. The cubs are born in the winter, January, come out of the den in early April and travel with the sow all summer and fall. If the sow survives the hunting seasons her cubs will den with her that fall. When they come out of the den the next spring they will travel with the sow for a short time then she will force them to disperse. She will then breed that spring or summer, sometime over about a three month period, and process starts allover again.

Bears have delayed implantation of the egg once they are bred, in June, July or August. The egg will attach to the uterus about the first week of November, in all bred bears no mater when they were bred. Once the egg attaches to the uterus the sow is going to den within a week or two. Then all of the new cubs will be born about the same time in January and the process is renewed again.

Cubs that lose their mother are basically able to survive on their own after about July of the year they are born, but my experience has been that cubs who lose their mother before fall tend to get themselves in trouble and sometimes that trouble is a fatal mistake.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-25-2019, 05:28 PM
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R.S.B. I just viewed a long video by Gary Alt, former Pa Game Comm bear biologist, you are spot on with your information about bear cub survival.... and Gary agrees ! : ) HH
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I will not shoot a sow that has cubs with her. Just a personal limitation. Maybe that's why I don't have a bear mount yet.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 11:10 AM
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I did the same thing this past Saturday. I think it was the sow or maybe a 1 1/2-2yr old with 2 small cubs at 25yds. I passed up the shot since they were all small and didn’t want to have the cubs fend for themselves.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 11:25 AM
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I wont shoot a doe with small ones with it , just my choice .
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