Last February Dale Butler Jr. was hiking at State Game Lands 57 when he heard something whining. It sounded like bear cubs, Butler wrote, so he and his brother, Brian, set up a trail camera in the area hoping to get some photographic evidence.
After a couple months, the camera captured these photos on April 5 of a sow with three cubs at the entrance to their den.
Bears give birth to their cubs inside the den in January and February. The cubs, with their mother of course, leave the den when they are 3 months old, which puts the birthdate of these three cubs right around early February — assuming that Butler’s photos show them just emerging from the den.
If that’s the case, they picked a good day to do it. After spending the winter in the den, what better way to come out into the world than to the bright sunshine? It looks like the mother and cubs were enjoying the suns warmth right after they ventured out.
Capture anything interesting on your handheld or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or anything unique? We’d love to see it. Each week, we’ll run photos from a reader’s trail camera on the Sunday Outdoors page. Email your photo, along with date and area it was taken (township is fine), and any other details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tom Venesky