(VIDEO) Wounded Warrior Returns to Bed

Local tracker Kim Cabrera captured this video of a black bear returning to its bed. Cabrera Writes:

The black bear I trailed in a previous video returned to use his bed. Remember the bear bed I showed in that other video? Here is the bear using it. Unfortunately, the camera chose this moment to break down. I got one video, then a bunch of still shots. That was it. So I will need to replace the camera and hope the bear returns to this bear bed again. Or I need to find another one! I am sure there are more! Note that this is the same bear we saw on video two years ago eating grass. Kym named him Wounded Warrior because of his injured right ear. He still has the flap of injured ear hanging on! Amazing!

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  • The Hermit of Grizzly Mountain

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  • LOve this, thank you

  • Excellent work, Kim & Kym!!!

  • THANK YOU!! I love these, too.

  • Very awesome to see these beautiful creatures in their natural environment.

  • unbridled philistine

    Not feeling this! Bear killed our sheep the other night, So pretty upset at the bear scene right now…We live in Fortuna by the way so pretty close to home for alot of people.. Went up and looked around he has dragged all kinds of stuff up in the brush, Trash cans, dog carcass, Other stuff too. Something got to be done, And not too good for the bear!

    • Uh, yeah. Start with remembering that you both live here, and if you leave edibles, or things that smell like edibles, available, a bear (or a skunk, a raccoon, possum, rat, mouse etc) will be attracted to it. In an urban/wildland interface, it’s usually humans who provide lures to wildlife, and then kill or maim wildlife for responding. It’s kind of like putting a Burger King out there and then blaming people for coming in for a meal. So please take a look at what you can do to discourage critters. We’re encroaching on their habitat, and they’re hungry.

      I’m not saying it’s all about *you.* You may be doing a fine job of protecting your sources of exposure. The Green Rush has created chaos in the lives of wildlife, with deforestation, lights, mechanization, and of course, bulldozing, greenhouses, and water diversions. It affects large predators more than smaller critters. It squeezes wildlife onto places that have not joined the Rush. We’ve seen a big increase in bear and mountain lion visits, not because we have food available, but simply because it’s quiet — and dark here at night.

      I hope that you don’t take it out on your bear. Poor thing is probably trying to cope with our changing world. And now that the Green Rush has seemingly Rushed past us, maybe our apex predators, and their healthy food populations, can return to post-grow lands, and find stability.

      • ^^^THIS^^^ by onlooker. Comment of the Day!

        Yet, how can the sheep be protected from the bear? Dogs, perhaps, living with the herd?

        • unbridled philistine

          The “Herd” is down to two sheep cause the bears are always hungry! Neighbor threatened to kill sheep dog for taking his shoes off his porch so he had to go live on ranch for awhile. Efforts have been made to thwart bear but he just keeps coming. Fish and game has tried catching him but no go. That bear can do what he wants but when it comes to pets or live stock the bear is going to lose. I was bbq last year at 6:30 pm went inside came back out and in those 15 minutes the bear left a sheeps head in my driveway still twitching, Huge blood trail drag mark where he drug over fence. Not alot can be done except for shooting Im afraid..Good thing their are lots of bear around so not a huge loss.

          • Have you tried slathering peanut butter on strips of aluminum foil hanging off the hot wire? It may be too late for this bear but it is the only thing I found to discourage bears. They lick the peanut butter and zap. Regular hot wire is torn down before the bear takes it seriously.

            It’s a PITA when people who shop in grocery stores lay their wisdom on those who grow their own. Bears break down fruit trees, ravish gardens, tear down fencing, rip open barn doors, kill livestock. So yes there’s a bear smorgasbord out there. Anyone raising anything edible knows it. And that should include city folk with their outside cat food bowls and bird feeders too. But, if bears show up there, the cries go up “but the bears don’t belong here!” Well, they did at one time. And would again if given the opportunity. Like grocery shopping, city people rarely have reality shoved in their faces that they are just as much a problem as anyone else.


  • I lost a bunch of sheep to a bear near blue Lake. I just uped my game with fencing and a better dog. Try a shock fence. It’s cool living among beasts especially bears. His type might not feel magic, nature awe by the loss and might be excited to boast about killing one. Alaska is like that. Kinda dumb and blood thirsty. Solutions take work. Problem is that now the bear sees his sheep like a peez dispenser. Bears are cooler than sheep and ewe ain’t making a living on those defenseless muttonballs. Good luck

  • If you are having a bear problem here is a great deterrent, Cayenne Pepper, get a whole bunch of powdered cayenne pepper and sprinkle it widely all around the area heavily, all around your fence line, trash cans or wherever you want them to stay away from, it works amazing, keeps dogs, rats and a lot of other pests away also and basically harmless short of a little burning sensation, I’ve been using this for years and everyone I’ve turned on to this is amazed, it’s not super cheap for a large quantity but cheaper than replacing pets, livestock and fixing fences and other damages, also killing a bear is big trouble from CDFW so non lethal is the way to go if at all possible, this was their land before the human disease encroached on them

  • Super cool. Nature is rad

  • Interesting about the cayenne pepper! I know that portable electric fencing is often used to exclude bears too. A livestock guardian dog might help, or keeping the livestock in an enclosure with a top to it. There are good plans for these on the Mountain Lion Foundation web site.

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