A Mother black bear will teach her cubs everything they need to know in order to survive.

The Black Bear moves softly through the berry patch showing her cubs the way, teaching her cubs where to find food, just like her mother taught her generation after generation, until… The men laid out sweet smelling donuts hidden in a hollow log that tempted mother bear, and she used her strong paws to gain … Continue reading A Mother black bear will teach her cubs everything they need to know in order to survive.

The bear and the wolf are the two of the most powerful spirits in the forest

Photograph credit John E Marriott An essay by guest blogger Barry Babcock I decided to re-share Barry’s essay because Wisconsin’s wild gray wolf is about to face hound hunter’s dogs in a proposed wolf hunt for November 2021. Wisconsin is the only state that allows hunters to use dogs to track & trail wolves. Wisconsin … Continue reading The bear and the wolf are the two of the most powerful spirits in the forest

The 2019 Wisconsin black Bear Management draft plan is now available to the public for comment.

Click the highlighted words to read, review and comment on the plan. A draft of the revised bear management plan is now available for viewing. There will be six public information sessions (topic list available here) as well as an electronic comment tool beginning March 25. If you would like to provide comments on the 2019 – … Continue reading The 2019 Wisconsin black Bear Management draft plan is now available to the public for comment.

The Hungry Orphaned Black Bear Cubs…

Mother bear sends her cubs quickly up a tree, as she makes herself the decoy, and leads the mob of hounds away from her precious cubs. Exhausted she climbs a tree, the mob of hounds hollering below, the sounds of men is heard along with a shot of thunder ending mother bears life… The following … Continue reading The Hungry Orphaned Black Bear Cubs…

Please Take Action: Only You Can Prevent #Extinction…

As a child growing up in the sixties I learned to respect our fellow creatures and to set things right. But... "The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same." ~Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr Today, where the wild-creatures-live has become a war zone in Wisconsin. And it's all in the name of sport. Hunter’s dogs … Continue reading Please Take Action: Only You Can Prevent #Extinction…

Let’s bring back the heart in conservation management…

Do not feed the bears.  I have followed the career of Dr. Jane Goodall since childhood.  I remember watching National Geographic specials with wide-eyed-wonderment. I was amazed at how Dr. Goodall observed chimpanzees in their natural habitat.  A natural habitat can be defined as; the natural environment in which an organism lives, or the physical … Continue reading Let’s bring back the heart in conservation management…

Human food subsidies make up more than 40% of the diet of bears in northern Wisconsin.

In a new research paper, titled "Consumption of intentional food subsidies by a hunted carnivore" authored by: Rebecca Kirby of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Jonathan Pauli assistant professor with the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, and David MacFarland Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources large carnivore specialist. The Journal of Wildlife Management … Continue reading Human food subsidies make up more than 40% of the diet of bears in northern Wisconsin.

Hunting the bear by Nick Vander Puy 

During the height of the struggle for Ojibwe spear fishing and treaty rights in the summer of 1989 several Indian, and non-Indian runners joined forces on the Anishinaabe Solidarity Relay. The run started, carrying an Eagle Feather staff made from sumac, at the Bear River pow wow, swung down to Rhinelander, across the Wisconsin River, … Continue reading Hunting the bear by Nick Vander Puy 

North Woods Living, Tips for ‘Coexisting with Your Wild Neighbors’

Living in the north woods near wild animals can be a wonderful experience. There is nothing that can match sighting a bobcat with kits, a doe with a new fawn, snowy owls, bear, swans, and porcupines.  If you have chosen to live in a north woods rural area, here are a few tips for living … Continue reading North Woods Living, Tips for ‘Coexisting with Your Wild Neighbors’