Nature Notes

Vol. IV July 1, 1927 No. 1


A year ago cubs were hard to find, in fact none of the bears so often seen about the hotels had cubs.

This year it is quite different. Betty started the season off with the rather unusual number of three. A few weeks later Babe, the hold-up bear, appeared at the Evans Camp with two of the tiniest little proxide blonds we have ever seen, and now there are three hold-up bears for Babe has already started her season along the highway.

A short time ago a black bear was seen in the Silver Forest with twin cubs. She was one of the wilder brotherhood and has not been seen since, but there is no question about this being a good season for cubs.

Bears have cubs not oftner than every two years as a rule, but how it happens that they all chose the same year we do not know. It has been three years in fact since Betty had cubs before, and perhaps that is why she has triplets this year. An extra one to make up for lost time.


Black-tailed fawns have not been so numerous as usual this season. Only a few have been seen.

About June 20th, Dick Williams was riding over the Lakes Trail when he saw a black-tailed doe in a small brushy meadow near Reflection Lakes. When the deer saw him approaching it began jumping up and down and dashing here and there in a very strange fashion. Dick knows deer and he realized immediately that the doe was attempting to attract his attention to herself and if possible get him to follow her away. That meant a fawn hidden nearby, so he dismounted and looked about.

Presently he found a tiny, slender-legged little fellow lying perfectly still where its mother had hidden it. When he bent over and stroked its soft spotted coat it did not so much as twitch a muscle or bat an eye, but when he took it into his arms and later set it on its wobbely legs it went bounding away after its mother with its dimunitive tail held stiffly erect. Apparently the fawn was only a day or two old.

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