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When photographing black bear best to have a long lens
Mother black bears leave their cubs at "baby-sitter" trees and forage nearby, sleep, or rest. The cubs sleep hidden in the crowns or play around in the tree. If disturbed, they may remain quiet in the tree or yell in distress, bringing the mother black bear running, grunting with concern.
Female black bear at base of tree with her cub up in the tree
To communicate, black bears use sounds, body language, touch, and scent-marking. Some of the noises bears make are grunts, woofs, roars, moans, tongue clicks, a motor-like hum, yelps, or cries
Mother black bear communicates for her single cub to climb up the tree
A ranger told me that the mother black bear can communicate with each individual cub. She'll communicate with a single cub to come down from the tree to feed leaving the others in the tree until each cub feeds..
Black bear cub starting climb up the tree
This cub went to top of the tree to sleep and rest. It was hours before the female black bear communicated for the cub to come back down.
Mother black bear at bottom of tree feeding while her cub is safe up in the tree
Mother black bear communicated for her cub to come down the tree
Like any juvenile the cub had many distractions coming back down the tree. When got near bottom of the tree the cub laid down to rest.
Female black bear getting impatient waiting for her cub come down the tree.
Mother black bear decided to climb up the tree
Climbing the tree
After climbing the tree mother black bear and bear cub greeted each other and then the mother black bear gently turns the cub around
Mother black bear climbed back down the tree to wait on the cub
The baby black bear cub continues his descent.
When the cub reaches ground the mother black bear lays down so the cub can climb up on her back