Last Sunday, a webcam at Roxboro State Park captured footage of a black bear cub. But not just any footage — this adorable video clip, courtesy of park ranger Tiffany McCauley and shared on Twitter by Colorado Parks & Wildlife, shows baby cooling off on a hot summer day with a brief swim .
And it’s relentlessly cute.
We interrupt your Wednesday mornings for this very important trail cam footage of a bear cub cooling off.
— Colorado Parks and Wildlife (@COParksWildlife) 21 July 2021
Turns out, this park ranger knows this bear cub well—though don’t ask for its name, as park rangers avoid giving the bear human names to avoid “humanization,” she said.
“I’ve been monitoring these bears since they came out of hibernation in April,” McCauley said. “I am blessed to have several places to visit regularly, two watering holes and their favorite scratching pole. Due to our special rules, such as no off-trail, no dogs or bikes, our bear population thrives here. and lasts throughout the year.
McCauley’s Twitter The trail is filled with cam-like videos — mountain lions mating, bear cubs climbing trees, even a ringtail posing for the camera.
“I monitor wildlife with game cameras so that I don’t disturb the animals, it’s the best way to achieve their natural behavior,” she said.
Brown cub showing the skill of climbing a big tree.
— Ranger Tiffany (@RangerTMCauley) July 17, 2021
Summer is bear season in Colorado and, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, bears typically forage for up to 20 hours a day.
To avoid problems with bears, CPW suggests using bear-proof containers to dispose of garbage, keep your campsite clean, don’t put trash or food in tents, and lock your vehicles. And if you’re hiking in Roxborough, try not to disturb the bears—of which there are many.
“Roxborough has become a nursery, a place bears feel safe,” McCauley said. “While the bears are small, they will stay close to the mother, although I have already seen them wandering away from her comfortably. I look forward to monitoring them in the fall and hopefully we will see them again when (they) ) will emerge in the spring.
When hiking or enjoying the outdoors, carry beer spray and avoid wearing headphones. To be extra cautious, avoid trails where berry patches, oak brush, and natural food sources abound.
CPW encourages visitors to report any problems with bears as soon as possible to prevent injury to anyone – including bears. For more information on what to do if you encounter a bear, see cpw.state.co.
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