Nature Notes

Vol. VI July 29th, 1928 Summer Season No. 3


Betty, the brown bear with the three cubs, has plied the highwayman's profession for three years, but not being entirely satisfied with her labors in that line has added house-breaking as a side line. Perhaps the three husky youngsters to provide for has made it necessary to add some other means of income.

At all events when the Naturalist at Longmire came in from a day's tramp in the hills on Thursday he found his pantry bare as Mother Hubbard's cupboard. Having left it fairly well stocked and finding it not disarranged but some eatables gone, he naturally thought that someone had robbed him.

Neighbors, however, hearing loud outcries in the forest about the cabin had witnessed the whole performance. Betty, the mother bear, finding the small window open had entered the cabin and going into the pantry had neatly extracted a bag of cookies. Taking these out to the waiting cubs and opening the bag she was vociferously greeted. Cookies, yelled the cubs, nice sugar coated and chocolate covered cookies, and their shouts of satisfaction aroused the neighborhood. But one bag of cookies was only a pittance to three hungry cubs and Betty returned to the pantry and got a bag of boiled ham which was still tied up in its original covering. The neighbors arrived just in time to see her emerge from the window with the next course for the waiting cubs. Ham, yelled the little bears. Kind neighbors intervened at this stage of the proceedings and closed the windows else we fear our pantry would not have been in the neat condition we found it on our return.

By Charles Landes, Ranger Naturalist.


A new song is heard along the mountain trails, the song of the Cicadia or seventeen year locust. Never before have I heard the strident tones of the Cicadia along the trails as this year. Along the Glacier Trail where the hot sun beats against the side of the cliff and only a few mountain alder gives shelter, they are especially numerous.

The Cicadia is an insect with a long period of development in its life history, one variety taking 17 years to complete this life history. They are not common to our high altitude but like a hot climate.

By Charles Landes, Ranger Naturalist.

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