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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-20-2012, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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She came by for a visit with here 4 cubs. I was actually sitting on the porch when she climbed up on the wood pile to look at me. This is the second year in a row she had 4 cubs.
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If you saw a sow with four cubs last year it was not the same sow bear with cubs you are seeing this year.

Bears only have cubs every other year. The cubs are born in January of one year then spend all of that summer with the sow. The sow does not breed that summer. Then come fall the cubs will den with their mother if the sow is still alive. When they all come out of the den the next spring they will travel with the sow for a short time before she starts to chase them away and the normal dispersal of the cubs begins.

Once the previous year’s cubs dispersed the sow will bred again that summer. The bear breeding season is June, July and August but the egg doesn’t implant into the uterus until November at which point the sow will head for a new den site and after a short gestation period of just a couple months the new cubs will be born. They will weigh less than a pound (about 13-14 ounces if I remember correctly) and stay in the den with their mother until late March or early April. The process then starts all over again, but bears only bred and have cubs every other year.

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Re: Mother Bear

I've seen three cubs a few times but never four. Pretty cool.
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Dick, you beat me to it. However, that speaks volumes to the habitat of your area, and the job the PGC is doing with the bear program if two years in a row, you've seen a different sow with 4 cubs.

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Maybe the cubs she had with her last year were much larger and she was just getting ready to kick them out when he saw them? Just sayin.

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If there are marking on her this years pictures that matches last years pictures then same mom and 2 sets of 4 cubs.

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Maybe the cubs she had with her last year were much larger and she was just getting ready to kick them out when he saw them? Just sayin.
No, I guess I got my bears mixed up! There's another sow running around here with 3 cubs. There's alot of bear in my area, including 1 monster that must be close to 700 lbs. If I'm lucky I get to see him once or twice a year.
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I've seen three cubs a few times but never four. Pretty cool.
Could be all hers, or maybe she picked up an orphan too.

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Thanks for the cool pictures, I have always heard that there are lots of bears in Tidioute.
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