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1 a friend sent this on Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:19 pm

gypsy


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wish i could get the pics to show up


THE BEARS AND I


Black bears typically have two cubs, rarely one or three. In 2007, in northern New Hampshire, a black bear sow gave birth to five healthy young. There were two or three reports of sows with as many as four cubs but five was, and is, extraordinary. I learned of them shortly after they emerged from their den and set myself a goal of photographing all five cubs with their mom, no matter how much time and effort was involved. I knew the trail they followed on a fairly regular basis, usually shortly before dark. After spending nearly four hours a day, seven days a week, for six weeks I had that once in a lifetime opportunity and photographed them in the shadows and dull lighting of the evening. Due to these conditions the photograph is a bit noisy as I had to use the equivalent of a very fast film speed on my digital camera. The print is properly focused and well exposed with all six bears posing as if they were in a studio for a family portrait. (Read on….)

I stayed in touch with other people who saw the bears during the summer and into the fall hunting season. All six bears continued to thrive. As time for hibernation approached, I found still more folks who had seen them and everything remained OK. I stayed away from the bears as I was concerned that they might become habituated to me, or to people in general, as approachable friends. This could be dangerous for both man and animal. After Halloween I received no further reports and could only hope the bears survived until they hibernated.

This spring, before the snow disappeared, all six bears came out of their den and wandered the same familiar territory they trekked in the spring of 2007. I saw them before mid April and dreamed nightly of taking another family portrait, an improbable second once in a lifetime photograph. On April 25, 2008 I achieved my dream. (Read on …)



When something as magical as this happens between man and animal Native Americans say, 'We have walked together in the shadow of a rainbow.'

2 Re: a friend sent this on Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:49 pm

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Leave it up to me to say something horrible. Black Bears are extraordinarily dangerous. They are not "loners" like Grizzlies or Brown Bears. They have hunted down humans, killed them, and eaten the remains. They should NEVER be approached.

3 Re: a friend sent this on Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:57 pm

rosco 357


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i just heard this today, there has been many bear attacks, so the forrestry, dept, has said it would be wise for ppl in the woods, to wear a bell, and carry pepper spray, and to familiarize themselfs with bears stools or shit, lol, it said brown bears and black bears stools have typically berries and some fur in their stools, and grizzly bears stool typically have bells in them and smell of pepper spray, take care,

4 Re: a friend sent this on Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:00 am

gypsy


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yes meemoon ,i think he stated that is his article..the story was meant to show the amount of cubs born to one bear, i am sure as a professional photographer he is aware of the danger..

5 Re: a friend sent this on Sat Aug 16, 2008 1:48 am

rosco 357


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the last bear i saw in the smokies was eating garbage and had half his hair gone, it was a pittyful sight, not like seeing them in the smokies when i was a kid,

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