Black Bear, Our Neighborhood, Los Alamos, NM

 

One is pretty certain of catching glimpses of black bears while living in Los Alamos. They have visited my parents house and our house several times and are often relocated by the county if a particular bear becomes a nuisance. In the summer of 2011, the Las Conchas burned 150,000 acres in the forests around Los Alamos prompting a one week evacuation of the town. The town was saved but the forests were badly damaged. Wildlife sightings greatly increased in the months following the fire and bears became a common sight around town. I saw this bear raiding a trash can at our neighbor's house in the morning and managed to snap a few pictures from my car. She had her cub climb and stay safe in a ponderosa pine while she was checking out the trash. I never got a picture of mother or baby in the tree but the cub probably looked like this picture I took  (Click). This was taken at Bandlier where this cub was eating acorns along the falls trail. It turns out bears also visit the pond at night. We got great shots of this large male taking a bath with Phototrap   (Click)   (Click) . Here is the full sequence of a slightly smaller (likely female) coming in for a bath   (Bear Bath). On rare occasions, bears even come during the day to get a drink   (Click)   (Click). Since we have views of canyons from both our house and my parent's house, we occasionally see a bear on one of the trails. Here we saw a mother and cub walking. A jogger approached on the trail and luckily the bears simply got off to trail until the jogger left! (Click). In the summer of 2013 a large mother and cub even visited our backyard at 1800 Camino Redondo (Click). Here is a slideshow of the best Black Bear photos: (Hi-Res Slideshow).


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