Big Harry and an Orphan - UPDATE July 11, 2020

On June 9 at 9:20 PM, I saw a bear that was extra calm. He had to be someone I knew, but I was slow on the uptake. Then I knew. Big Harry! Big HarryBig HarryVery glad to see him. He started coming in the spring of 2003 when we estimated him to be 5 years old, which would make him 22 now. He is showing his age with a lot of gray hairs on his forehead. Another June and Big Harry 6-21-12June and Big Harry 6-21-12sign of age is how he walks—a lot like 23-year-old Ted. The white area just above his eyes is his white skin still showing from his overwinter loss of facial hair that happens every year. In fact, we named him Harry to remind us of that annual hair loss. He has grown to know us and be comfortable. He had time to do that in part during mating seasons when he accompanied June who we walked with. He is also the male whose face is right next to June’s as they shared food during mating season on June 21, 2012. It was June that tracked Big Harry down for that meeting.

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Today, an orphaned cub that a resident has been nurturing showed up for a resident to take a photo showing that the cub is growing and will survive. There is a lot to be said for this nature-loving community.

Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center