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Black Bear Cubs - The Calm Before the Storm by David & Shiela Glatz
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These three spring Black Bear (Ursus americanus) cubs spent over an hour cuddled high up in the crook of the tree (about 80 feet above ground!), napping. They all woke up a few minutes before this image was taken. Seems chill and calm, right? Well it was, for about three minutes. Then all hell broke loose when the brown colored cub on the lower right decided that it wanted to be on top. Much pushing, shoving and biting followed. Even the cub on the far left couldn’t stay out of it. That cub got bit on the butt and the feet by both of the others but it didn’t budge. Amazing that no one fell out of the tree. Northern Minnesota.

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Danger Spotted by David & Shiela Glatz
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Tiny, wet Black Bear (Ursus americanus) spots something on the ground - a large male bear - and recognizes the danger. The cub scurried higher up into the tree, where the thin branches would support its weight, but not that of a larger bear. Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, Orr, Minnesota.

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Wet Black Bear Navigates Wet Tree by David & Shiela Glatz
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Spring Black Bear (Ursus americanus) cub navigating his safe place high in the tree. Heavy rainfall the night before made for a soggy little cub and a somewhat slippery surface. No worries for the cub, though - he alternated between dozing at the top of this tree and exploring the lower branches, all morning. Very agile little guy, particularly since he was about 60 feet up. Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, Orr, Minnesota.

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Black Bear Cub Interaction by David & Shiela Glatz
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The Black Bear (Ursus americanus) cub on the bottom stopped fighting with its brother (staring down at it in disbelief here) to look at us. While it was still looking at us a few minutes later, its brother stepped right on its head while he descended the tree. Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, Orr, Minnesota.

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Black Bear Caught in Between by David & Shiela Glatz
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This young Black Bear male, about 2 years old, was recently cast off by his mother. He’s on his own for the first time in his life - caught (for the moment) between the easy cub life and life as an adult bear. He’s also caught about half way up this tree, as another larger bear approaches.

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Black Bear Nap Time by David & Shiela Glatz
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Tiny, soggy spring Black Bear (Ursus americanus) cub, without a care in the world, huddled in his safe spot.

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He Expected His Mother by David & Shiela Glatz
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When the wet, tiny spring Black Bear (Ursus americanus) cub wakes up from his nap, hears his mother calling him, and descends the tree … and the first thing he notices is … humans. Not happy. Good thing mom was right behind the tree, about 10 feet away from him. Vince Shute Wildlife Refuge, Orr, Minnesota.

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Morning Playtime by David & Shiela Glatz
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Bundles of energy, Black Bear (Ursus americanus) cubs sometimes seem to be in a state of perpetual motion. This spring cub was playing with its sibling while their mother fed nearby. When it stopped briefly to stand and assess the play situation, the cub heard strange noises - our camera shutters snapping away - and checked us out. The bear was jolted back into play with a bite from its sibling. Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, Orr, Minnesota.

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Black Bear Cub in Tree *in explore* by David & Shiela Glatz
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Tiny spring Black Bear (Ursus americanus) cub, comfortable in his safe spot, makes eye contact with the photographers. This peaceful moment - and I mean moment - was over when the cub’s sibling (whose feet are visible at the top of the screen here) descended from its perch, with a kick to the head of this little guy. Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, Orr, Minnesota.

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Safe Place for Black Bear Spring Cub by David & Shiela Glatz
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Tiny brown-colored Black Bear (Ursus americanus) spring cub hugs a tree while checking out the photographers. Agile climbers even at this young age, these bears climb high to escape larger bears and other threats. Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, Orr, Minnesota.

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Black Bear Cub in Tree by David & Shiela Glatz
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Black Bear cub peeks out from a crook in a tree, about 70 feet above ground. His Black Bear Mother had treed him and 2 more of his siblings. The trio would chase each other from one end of the tree to the other, effortlessly jumping from one branch to the next. Amazing. Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, Orr, Minnesota.