DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Mount Rainier National Park
MOUNT RAINIER NATURE NOTES
Issued monthly during the winter months, semi-monthly during the summer
months, by the Mount Rainier National Park Nature Guide Service.
|C. Frank Brockman,
|O. A. Tomlinson,|
BRUIN "COMES ALIVE" AGAIN!
The first bear of the year was seen on the Eagle Peak Trail on
February 14. To those who remember Nature Notes of a year ago it will
become immediately apparent that Bruin woke up just about two weeks
earlier this year than last. The date of the first bear of last winter
was February 28 when Ranger Carl Tice and the Naturalist found one just
getting ready to leave the hollow cedar tree in which he had been
comfortably sleeping the cold weeks away.
The first bear seen this year was a female who had, tagging at her
heels, a last year's cub. This is an unusually early date for bears to
come out of hibernation but the very mild winter with its comparative
very light snowfall caused not only the bears but many other animals to
vary their usual habits and customs a great deal. Deer have been in the
vicinity of Longmire practically all winter, ranging about on the
Ramparts Ridge nearby where their tracks were always found in great
numbers. On the west side of the park deer tracks were found as high as
5200 feet - almost into the sub-alpine regions of Sunset Park.